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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (John Fields)
Subject: Re: 24 VAC to 9VDC supply
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2002 23:19:55 GMT
Organization: Austin Instruments, Inc.
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On Sun, 15 Dec 2002 23:09:02 GMT, Zeus wrote:
>On Sun, 15 Dec 2002 01:09:36 GMT, email@example.com (John Fields)
>>As painful as it is to have to confront the village idiots of the
>>world, it's a necessary exercise in that they need to be made aware
>>of the fact that they _are_ idiots, and therein lies the problem.
>>Dealing with someone possessing limited intelligence who, because of
>>their actions, needs to be convinced of their handicap is difficult
>>because they're just not smart enough to understand that they are,
>>in fact, stupid.
>>IMO, I think the quality of usenet has increased as more and more
>>knowledgeable contributors have jumped on board. However, I do
>>agree that the signal to noise ratio has decreased. Perhaps, if we
>>make it painful for the idiots to gather here they'll either smarten
>>up or leave?
>So he don't believe in the same religion you do. That certainly does
>not make him stupid.
You may notice, if you re-read my post, that I made no mention of a
specific person. Who are you talking about?
> Although I don't agree with his views with the
>same degree of conviction, his arguments were reasonable and thought
>provoking. He said the concept of faith is stupid. That is not a
I disagree. If I find that you believe something that I don't and I
say that what you believe in is stupid, then by extension you're
stupid for believing in it. A much better way to present a
differing _opinion_ is to say something like "I understand that you
believe in that thing. However, I don't and here's why..." That
way no one is put on the defensive and perhaps some common ground
can be found through discussion.
>I do not understand why some people go ballistic when their beliefs
Some, I'm sure, do so because their belief system is built on such a
flimsy foundation that if it's threatened its defense and
maintenance becomes instantly the most important thing in the world
so, since under those conditions the best defense is a good offense,
they lash out.
>No topic should be too sensitive for open discussion
>for the truly intelligent.
I couldn't agree more. :-)
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