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osOpinion: A vs. B, or Why You Should Both Shut Up

Aug 23, 2000, 06:36 (8 Talkback[s])
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"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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