[Northkeep] A slightly different situation.

Marc Carlson marc-carlson at utulsa.edu
Wed Oct 10 08:44:56 PDT 2001

At 10:08 AM 10/10/01 -0700, Chass wrote:
>>I didnt say blow him off, I just wonder about his....."motives".

No, you didn't explicitly say it.  By putting things that way (i.e. "motives", "hmm could
it be that this Gent has a thorn in his side against NK?"), what you doing is saying
that this person isn't saying anything that we need to be listening to.  I.e., "blowing him

If you want to think of this guy (I don't know him, and can so only judge his motives by what
he's written, do you know him?) as a 'crackpot', or (as Kieran put it) "chihuahua' -- that's your
business.  Maybe he is - or maybe you are turning your back on a problem with perception.
I do know that over the past that sort of arrogance is a large reason we have been perceived
elsewhere as insular and self-absorbed.

If Northkeep is in fact as cool a place as everyone seems to think (and I actually agree with
that view BTW), it can't hurt to look in the mirror occasionally.  Sometimes a mirror can show
dirt on a face that might have otherwise missed it.  OTOH, if you don't think the group is
strong enough to look itself in the face and see that the face it's presenting is the best one
possible, and if necessary tweak its appearance a little -- you don't live in the same Northkeep
I do.


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