ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: Order and Chaos

Re: Order and Chaos

Joe Long (jlong@mti.net)
Fri, 04 Apr 1997 18:11:20 GMT

On Fri, 4 Apr 1997 11:59:02 -0500 (EST), Tivers@aol.com wrote:

>Some of you are at a loss as to the reason for the occasional fistfight that
>breaks out between myself and some others on this list. I think I can give
>you a clue with this partial rewrite of some Stephen R. Donaldson prose:


>It's a necessary fight.

How does anything in the essay call for or justify a lack of *civility* in
responding to someone who disagrees with some program or statement?

How does anything in the essay call for or justify labeling anyone who does not
accept a proposed new finding or technique a dinosaur who puts order above
change? On the contrary, not questioning change is an example of "chaos"
without "order."

People will always disagree; that's a given. There are, though, different ways
of expressing disagreement. It helps this list to have its maximum value if
people do not personalize disagreements; someone who does not share your
enthusiam for some technique is not attacking you or showing personal
disrespect, and is not deserving of such attack or disrespect in return.


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