Before commenting on this thread I did some reading, looking for a quote to use. I found it in a discussion of Gulliver's Travels.
In the section on Lilliput and Blefuscu, Wikipedia said...
[Swift] ... describes an intra-Lilliputian quarrel over the practice of breaking eggs. Traditionally, Lilliputians broke boiled eggs on the larger end; a few generations ago, an Emperor of Lilliput, the Present Emperor's great-grandfather, had decreed that all eggs be broken on the smaller end after he cut himself breaking the egg on the larger end. The differences between Big-Endians (those who broke their eggs at the larger end) and Little-Endians had given rise to "six rebellions... wherein one Emperor lost his life, and another his crown". The Lilliputian religion says an egg should be broken on the convenient end, which is now interpreted by the Lilliputians as the smaller end.
This thread started well enough. The article makes a number of interesting points and the discussion here was initially civil and the disagreements small. But, rather than congratulating ourselves on the broad areas of agreement we seem to have gotten into an all-out pi55ing match, with off-line email name-calling and appeals from both sides to the moderators to make the other guy stop.
I am in the rather uncomfortable position of liking almost everybody in the fracas fairly well. I see everybody's point of view and, frankly, I mostly agree with all of the warring positions because they seem in agreement on the matters I consider substantive and are mostly arguing over minutiae and hurt feelings.
Post Edited (PeterDisAbelard.) : 12/18/2013 9:12:07 AM (GMT-7)