Posted: Nov 14, 2010 11:07 pm
by uke2se
Kat Dorman wrote:You know, I don't disagree with anything you just said, uke2se; certainly not to any substantial degree worth mentioning. I have something to add, though, that gives me a different perspective on the overall condition there. In a nutshell, it's that the kneejerks have become so reflexive and ingrained there's no longer the ability (I mean ability versus desire) to discern a legitimate issue from the same-old same-old. To be honest, supplementary to that, there aren't that many people there that really have a lot going on, there are a lot of coattail riders who benefit only from the modicum of intelligence needed to discern the 'winning side'.

The net result is the baby is typically thrown out with the bathwater.

I'd be considerably more impressed with the environment if there were less participation in the form of piling on ridicule by those who, through faith alone, find themselves on the correct side of an argument but could not otherwise tell their patootie from a fumarole.

I would agree, and I would also confess to being part of the pile from time to time. In my time at JREF (not long, barely a year) I haven't seen any babies getting thrown out with the bath water, though. Plenty of water, just no toddlers, sort of speak. That there's a lot of knee-jerk reaction going on is indisputable. My point is just that it's a fairly natural development given the crap that gets brought up there.