At 7/29/09 09:18 PM, ThoseSneakyFrench wrote:
Okay, wasting money on misinformed decisions is a good thing, and giving honest advice is bad. Wait a second, since when were my walls made of cheese?
Really, my friend? I thought we'd been through this before about six or seven times over the past several hours. I suppose I shall have to delineate even more clearly, and in doing so give the gift of insight to those slower children among us who clearly have thusfar been incapable of grasping such a simple concept as has been explained at length, and must be guided through the matter by the hand of a proverbial caring parent.
There are people in the world, you among them, who have grasped firmly within their psyche, the distinct impression that putting on vestments and standing, soapbox underfoot, upon an urban street-corner, shouting at the top of their lungs that the apocalypse is nigh, and that all who refuse to repent and to convert, on the very spot, to whatever form of reality the aforementioned preacher subscribes to, is an unrepentant sinner, and will be sent to burn in the fiery depths for their transgressions -- which essentially amount to the exercising of personal choice -- is a method of conversion conducive to the practices of freedom enjoyed by inhabitants of the western world. These people, I must take great pains to inform you, despite considering themselves in possession of the most enlightened viewpoint imaginable, are perhaps the saddest and most misguided members of the society they wish to rectify, because they believe that the free exchange of insults and violent threats and ideas, are enough to convince the masses to adopt such a viewpoint as their own out of fear, and out of a sense of being imminently forced into a false choice between two worlds, when indeed no choice need be made based solely upon the biased testimonials of others, whose vested interests interfere with the accurate conveyance of information to individuals seeking enlightenment.
And these people, you must also realize, sell humanity short when they believe in their own ability to convert on the spot those whose viewpoints are removed by orders of magnitude from their own fringe fanaticism. People don't want, nor do they need to be bombarded with slogans from either end of the spectrum, from the mouths of people who deal in supposition and intrigue and seek only to bolster their ranks, as if it somehow reinforced their legitimacy as a competitor, and didn't come off as a sign of desperation and frustration, that by anyone in the world not subscribing to their singular train of thought, it was somehow a failure to be rectified on their part. On the contrary, variety, it is said, is the spice of our lives. Not only do some people prefer the functionality of competitors, but they prefer the programs available, and what can be done with those programs. They are concerned about the product they can produce, how efficiently they can produce it, and how effectively it can be made to perform whatever function is set forth by the person who designs it. The end user is not concerned about the means, so much as the end, and that is why Computer Partisans are an unnecessary middleman, interfering with the decisions of that end user, who is perfectly capable of making informed, researched decisions on his own without biased interference surrounding him on all sides.