Geoff Burling wrote:
And Christiaan Briggs wrote:
Bah! If I
don't recognize the contributor -- or even more clearly, if
that person is editting from an IP number -- I'll just consider
her/him/it a troublemaker, list the articles that person produces on
VfD & revert all of her/his/its edits as "vandalism".
So who the hell do you think you are???
My above passage is an example of a rhetorical technique known as
irony. Unfortunately tone of voice does not always successfully transmit
across the Internet for some reason, & obviously it failed in this case.
I apologize for that failure here.
I hope that in my own response to that message reflected that I did
detect the irony. I often use it myself, and can sympathize when I see
it misunderstood in someone else's writing. Quoting that passage out of
context made it seem far more serious. I actively resisted the
temptation to respond to Christiaan, because I felt it would be a futile
And if I may allowed to be chauvanistic for a moment, I
ideal is a valuable part of Western Civilization that needs to be
taught to the rest of the world. We should respect other people's POV,
we should be willing to explain our own POV, & that there should be a
fair & beneficial exchange between them
*groan* spare us your offensive ethnocentric colonialist views, please.
I assume that you, too, misunderstood what I meant by "Western Civilization".
If not, then I am puzzled why you reject an ideal that the land you
appear to be writing from -- the United Kingdom -- has struggled to promote.
While the struggle may not have always been praiseworthy, orderly, or even
successful, many people in that land have worked to perpetuate the ideal
I talked about.
Western Civilization to me really relates to Western Europe plus key
members of its former colonial empires. It does promote certain ideals,
but that does not mean that it has been uniformly successful in
implementing those ideals. This distinction is difficult for the person
who has not yet grasped the concept of irony.