Subject: Re: Lisp's future
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 29 Jan 2004 09:34:03 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Erann Gat
| The problem is not how to convince *me*, the problem is how to
| convince people who believe Spolsky.

  This is only your personal daemon, not a real problem.

  Just because you are such an unoriginal thinker that you plagiarize
  other people and then do not even have the moral integrity to accept
  responsibility for your own actions and reactions, and therefore have
  zero chance of convincing anyone with a healthy psychology, does not
  mean that the problems you face are forever someone else's fault.

  There will never be a shortage of people who believe stupid things.
  If you make it your modus operandi to excuse your personal failures by
  looking for one of them and claiming that people believe them instead
  of you, not a single person, regardless of psychological health, will
  believe anything you say at all.

  I don't know if it is possible to teach people personal responsibility
  and to accept responsibility for how they feel, how they react, and
  how they act, if they have managed to reach adulthood without ever
  learning it on their own, so I will have no advice to give to Erann
  Gat at this or any later date.  But it would be good if he could find
  some other way to absolve himself of responsibility for his actions
  than to plagiarize something I write.  That's just so 2002.

Erik Naggum | Oslo, Norway                                      2004-029

Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder.
Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.