Subject: Re: CLL statistics for 2002 (was: Looking for Lisp compiler) From: Erik Naggum <email@example.com> Date: 03 Jan 2003 19:53:17 +0000 Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> * Oleg <email@example.com> | I wish I could remind you of this meaningless rant next time you | need a surgery and are asking to be treated by someone who has a | degree. I would ask for an expert with a valid license to practice surgery, not someone who merely has a degree. I feel a profound pity for you and everyone else who attach their personal identity, self-worth, and pride to their academic degree. It means, more than anything else, that acquiring the degree was not a rite of passage into a group, but a rite of passage out of a group, and this means that your future contributions will not be made relative to your new group, but relative to your old. This explains your ridiculously insecure attitude towards high school dropouts. The secret to feeling great about yourself is not to be found in searching for people who are less than you and then show yourself superior to them, but in searching for people who are more than you and then show yourself worthy of their company. What I, for one, vehemently detest, is people who make it their purpose to show that nobody is better than they are. Some of them are here. -- Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder. Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.