Subject: Re: CLL statistics for 2002 (was: Looking for Lisp compiler)
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 03 Jan 2003 19:53:17 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Oleg <>
| 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.