GermanStar - 8/18/2005 5:10 PM
tcp_ML500 - 8/18/2005 1:19 PM
Not to engage into a useless debate...
Is there another fundamental purpose of OT, of which I am unaware?
While most of us can live without OT, implying that it is but useless may be misguided.
I offer this parallel: I know of many people who do not read, are books useless? How many times have we come across unintelligent people who live from their trade, sometimes very well materially, does it suggest that showing intelligence is superfetating?
Beyond the facetious ring of your question, we realize that we are here for a reason. For a few, it may be self gratification, nonetheless, even these members get something out of this nothing. Most of us are entertained, some of us are educated, a few are educating us.
It all goes back to other thread subjects, some of which you have started. Why do we like to argue? What are you, stupid? Is it boredom, fanatical... etc.
I find that argument is essential and healthy, that little is to be learned from blind agreement, indistinguishable opinions mostly devoid of substance. We can all exercise these here, beyond our regular circles of friends. We do not need to fantasize about changing each others opinions, so long as we can present arguments that provokes thought.
We can (or at least, I can) appreciate positions, opinions, and arguments from people vastly different, some at completely different ends of a given spectrum. For instance, beyond my own political sensibilities, I appreciate kvining and botnst's contributions and personalities tremendously.
Not to mention my predilection for humour and derision. I get that here.
I enjoy reading the prose of many members, I'd hate to start an exhaustive list, for fear that those whose names I might inadvertantly leave out might think it was intentional. Then again, a short list is in order...
Azimut, Botnst, Buster's the boy, Deathrattle, Germanstar, jdbower, kvining, MikeV, old300D, thrillkill, tubs300, UncAl, Zeitgeist.
I have another list comprising member names such as Alfa, SKLASSE-8 and others. It interested, I am willing to sell it to you. It is available, I shit you not, on scrolls with preperforated page separators, in three ply for the most sensitives among you.
N.B. Some may be surprised frenchmercedes is not on the scrolls, it was just very irritating, even in three ply. I have yet to find a use for that member name.