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I am prompted by a recent topic of interest on the list to add these
The internet will become perhaps the greatest discovery or tool for man since
the discovery of fire .
Like mankind's first experiences with fire , there are those on the list who
will merely err occassionally and who as a conseqence of " burning their
fingers " will learn more educated behavior .
There are those who will use it to " Burn at the stake " those with a
different point of view (perspective ) or those who are otherwise different
in some manner .
Finally , there are those foolish enough to set fire to their house ( the
list ) . I sense that is where we are now ??
John Quarterman , the builder of this house ( list ) has , like the wise
elders of African tribal legend , followed the proverb " Much silence makes
mighty noise ".
Now , however , he is faced with the question of enacting a restraint on
those who would bring the fire into the house with reckless intent .
History provides examples of appropriate responses :
(a) Casting out into the darkness ( Biblical )
(b) Banishment ( Medieval )
(c) Shunning( societies )
The effect is the same - a restraint of inappropriate behavior and to
discourage its imitation .
John proposed the following option :
"2) I can remove from the list anyone for whom I have evidence of threats
against anyone else on this list. "
I see this as a well thought out and appropriate response . I might
cautiously put forth the sugestion that an optional response might allow for
a 90 suspension for a first offense that could be characterized as an
emotional reaction as opposed to a malicious attack ?
As we all become more highly educated , formally or informally , we all will
tend to become more tolerant of others viewpoint or beliefs .
" Truth " is , after all , only our perception of reality .
Some of the responses to information ( beliefs and ideas ) put forth on the
list, have heretofore been to kill the messenger ! ( ROMAN ).
We need look no futher than our own legends to see that the truth is not
Thomas the Rhymer , aka Thomas Learmont , was cursed by the Queen of Faerie
to always tell the unpolished truth in the mortal world - he had no recourse
but to return to the Good People !!
We are all on a Voyage of discovery like our Viking ancestors of old .
Our ship is the internet and we cannot predict who we will meet or where the
currents will take us !
Like the great Gene Roddenberry classic STAR TRECK , our mission is "" To go
where no man has gone before "" .( I hasten to say "Person" would be more
politically correct today ) .
Few of the list members or for that matter internet users in general have
even a vague idea of the voyages ultimate outcome !
Philosophers have long " proven " existence with the reasoning " Puto ergo
( Latin ) -- " I think , therefore I am " .
The day will arrive , sooner I think than later , when the advances in
electronics will allow voyages in or throught the Quantum Sea with the
concurrent instantaneous creation or transportation of our very essence into
virtual realities or into places or times foreign to where we perceive
ourselves to be actually located .
When those same capabilities allow for our very thoughts to create worlds or
universes , what will we have become ???
Our family legends have it that we are descended from Odin ( Norse) and
( Scythians ) . When our mere thoughts can create worlds , what will WE have
Unlike Gene Rodenberry's other great classic " THE QUESTOR TAPES " we have no
guide to travel the voyage we are on to assure a successful outcome other
than " We Ourselves ".
I would hope to number those of Sinclair descent among the leaders of the
voyage who would set an example worthy of imitation in all that we do ?
The Sinclair Motto " Commit your works to God " may have been much more
prescient than supposed - as Niven has indirectly stated , we are one with
the Green Man of Rosslyn .
With the highest regard to all ,
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