[oclug] [OT] Programming/Routing problem
linuxdoctor at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 14 10:45:47 EDT 2001
--- Richard Wayne <rwayne at magma.ca> wrote:
> > Giving advice to Microsofters other than dumping the OS is OFF
> Yes and no, some people can't handle anything other than MS so why
> tell them
> to dump it?
Well, then. educate, educate, educate, evangelize, evalngelize,
During the process of this debate, which I found very interesting and
illuminating, has allowed me to cogitate on a few ideas of my own
concerning the role of Linux evangelization (Holy Wars, etc),
technological advancement, modern culture.
Of late, I've taken to writing essay on various topics and posting
them, rather than engaging in long drawn out debates with e-mail.
Mostly, my papers have been on another list dealing with Catholic
Apologetics, but I think I'll turn my next essay on this topic.
I find writing essays quite a satisfying persuit as it allows me the
opportunity to attempt to put on paper in as lucid a fashion as
possible my thoughts and ideas. The health problems I've had of the
last several years have in away impacted on my ability to communicate
and writing these essays also allows me to retrain myself.
But, there is also a down side. One of the kore intersting features
of e-mail debates is that it allows people to challenge each other
and to help hone a particular argument in that way. It doesn't happen
so much on this list, as that is not it's main focus, but certainly
on other lists I belong to (most notably a Catholic vs Fundamentalist
list) the debates can become quite sophisticaed. The down side of
writing an essay however, is that the debate seems to stop after
that. Very few people continue the debate afterwards, which is a
shame, since many essays have "holes in them so wide you can drive a
Mack truck trough it."
For instance, my essay "On Genius" which over 100 people read (or at
least looked at according to stats for the site), I received very few
comments on. Of the comments I got, only one realized it was a joke.
Anyaway, the little debate we've been having here has raised a number
of very important issues, at least from my perspective, and I'd
definitely like to persue them. So, I'll write a short essay on it,
and see where it goes.
Thanx to all those who have participated. Keep on evangelizing, and
guys, don't take yourself too seriously. Life is too important to be
taken too seriously.
"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in
a time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality"
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