Do Ethics Matter? (Re: [linux-elitists] Why haven't you switched to MacOS X yet?)
Sat Jan 11 13:08:55 PST 2003
Quoting Mister Bad (firstname.lastname@example.org):
> Well, I'll say right now: I don't think the moralism is gratuitous.
> It's patently ridiculous to write morals out of the equation entirely.
You've just changed the subject.
Gratuitous (adj.): needless, unnecessary, uncalled-for
Nobody SAID "write morals out of the equation completely". What I said
was that it's erroneous (not to mention rude) to assume -- let alone
announce -- that the only thing that could drive someone to differ from
one's position is a lack of ethics. Moreover, it's equally erroneous to
assume that the only reason someone could share your views is possession
Surely none of that was so difficult to follow?
> Something important in public debate dies when the idea of an ethical
> response to a situation is considered illogical and distasteful.
You have just changed the subject again. NOBODY SAID THAT. Put down
that crack pipe, and pay attention, now:
Nobody said your tedious ethics lecture was "illogical and distasteful"
(though your current exercise in massively missing the point does
qualify). What was _said_ was that a preference for open-source
software where feasible may well be founded in other grounds entirely.
Again, that should not be a difficult concept to grasp.
Cheers, "The only good goth is a shoggoth...."
Rick Moen -- Alistair J.R. Young, in r.a.sf.w.r-j
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