"It seems that I can not go anywhere without bumping into a
flamefest. There is the ever present *BSD vs. Linux row, but this
week it seems to be Gnome vs. KDE. It might as well be Coke vs.
Pepsi or Ford vs. Dodge, for all I care...."
"It is a very human behaviour to take sides and to engage in
conflict. By doing so we are immersing ourselves in primal powers
that are easily capable of overwhelming our common sense and
individuality. There is no way to avoid the negative aspects for
they stem from the very same place as the positive motivations that
drive us forward as a species. They are not irreconcilable; they
are in fact complementary. But enough of this melodramatic yin-yang
blabber, on to something practical."
"What many other people and I find disconcerting is the ease by
which most of us become overwhelmed. Rather than standing fast and
maintaining grace in the face of insult or honest criticism, we
respond with anger and insults. This is not a new phenomenon, it
has existed throughout time and crosses all cultural boundaries.
There is no excuse for it anymore; between us all there is enough
history for us to learn from our mistakes and to change. We all
know that it is unwise to speak in anger, and better to cool down
before issuing a response."
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