Subject: Re: less parentheses --> fewer parentheses
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/08/24
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* "Coby Beck" <>
| 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.

  If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations.