tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Wed Feb 24 09:48:12 1999
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Re: An Open Letter (or, peHruS, et al.)
On Wed, 24 Feb 1999 07:58:36 -0800 (PST) Terrence Donnelly
> As the father of 3, I feel qualified to step in here: ALL RIGHT, everybody!
> Take a big step
> back, three deep breaths, and count to ten. Over the past few weeks, we
> have managed to
> develop at least 4 (!) threads which are basically arguments with peHruS.
> Nobody is covering
> themselves with glory over these. If I was a newbie and had just
> subscribed, after a week of
> the kinds of posts we've been seeing lately, I'd unsubscribe right away. No
> one likes to
> witness this sort of slugfest, except maybe fans of Jerry Springer.
> peHrus, I invite you to contemplate the Tao. Mediate on how water carves
> stone not through
> brute force, but through gentle persistence. I've had several ideas over
> the years that
> were shot down when I first proposed them. Rather than start a big fight, I
> just dropped
> the issue, but would bring it up in a non-confrontational way when the
> opportunity arose.
> In a couple of cases, those ideas have become accepted practice. The
> downside is that by
> the time that happens, nobody remembers who proposed it in the first place,
> but, hey, we're
> all here to advance the cause of Klingon, not for personal aggrandizement,
> right? 8+)
> Everyone else, I don't consider you blameless either. I think that the name
> "peHrus" has
> become for many of you like a red flag to a bull. I have seen you shoot him
> down for the
> merest of trifles, typos even, that a charitable reader would simply
> overlook. He may
> have some wrong ideas, but some may contain kernals of wisdom, or we may
> find we're not
> as far apart as we first think. But the chance to explore this never comes
> up. I feel
> often peHruS is attacked not for what he says, but who he is.
> Everyone remember that this is basically just a hobby. Klingon will
> eventually become an
> interesting footnote in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Enjoy it while
> it lasts,
> but it simply isn't worth the anger and emotion that have been expressed
> here recently.
> Now that I've offended everybody, I'll shut up.
> -- ter'eS