Subject: Re: The Spirit of Lisp?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1999/10/29
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Stig Hemmer
| As I see it, the only thing that is against the spirit of Lisp is to
| limit Lisp like that...

  "the spirit of Lisp" doesn't limit anything, Stig, its enables you to
  look further than what you would have without it.  think of it as
  spiritual guidance, which is basically a very powerful psychological
  means to help you ignore noise, counterproductive suggestions, and stay
  focused on longer-term goals.  principled discussion of the spirit of
  Lisp would be enormously useful.  sadly, they would be interpreted by
  those who have neither spirit nor respect for principles as a means to
  keep them away, which is why it has become popular to dispense with
  spirit and principle alike and instead embrace any random comer with a
  language feature request.

  the spirit of Lisp can perhaps be stated "it isn't what you do, it's why
  it's the best thing you can, that counts".  how is this limiting you?