Subject: Re: less parentheses --> fewer parentheses From: Erik Naggum <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2000/08/24 Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp Message-ID: <email@example.com> * "Coby Beck" <firstname.lastname@example.org> | I think the relevant point here is that knowledge is available from | a wide variety of sources so it is not necesary to go to all the | trouble it takes communicating with people who dump alot of personl | crap into otherwise normal conversations. The amount of effort required is highly dependent on the person. To some people, the existence of a nude image of a woman somewhere in the world is an extreme personal affront, and you cannot get through to them no matter how hard you try. Others are similarly unable to deal with the existence of whatever "offends" and ticks them off. I'm arguing that the more effort it takes for you to learn something from a disagreeable source, the less you _will_ learn and the lesser human you are because you are distracted by qualities in others that would render yourself without support from others if it weren't for the fact that others are not so uptight and irrational as yourself. But then again, I'm not exactly a right-wing Republican. | Pearls of wisdom are not so rare that one must reach into the toilet | to grab them. Your feeling of having to reach into the toilet _is_ your problem. If you feel "dirtied" by the world in general, it is a psychological disorder you should seek help to get rid of if it gets out of hand. #:Erik -- If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations.