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Re: Sunday Morning Meditation

by bradcathey (Prior)
on Oct 27, 2003 at 02:55 UTC ( #302312=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Sunday Morning Meditation

Perl may be used for untoward purposes, from spam to porn sites. But it is also used to benefit altruistic endeavors as well--probably more so. But you can't blame the tool. Any tool can be used for good or bad. A gun can be used to commit a crime or stop one. And it can't be legislated--just like morality can't be legislated. The only thing that will change the use from bad to good is a change of heart.

This is in keeping with your last "Give a man...". Responsibility, virtues, character, are the attributes we need to impart to those we have influence over. On a lighter note:
Teach a man to write Perl and fed him for a day. Teach a man to use strict, and feed him for a lifetime.

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Re: Re: Sunday Morning Meditation
by Anonymous Monk on Oct 28, 2003 at 17:05 UTC

    Er... this is only some boring rambling, but I think a gun is a *very* poor example, as using it probably leads to a (probably unwanted by the victim) death, which is always a bad thing, as deaths are not undoable. IMHO human life is more valuable than some things this thief might have stolen.

    Chemistry is a better example, as it has helped mankind, but also developed poisons etc.

    Most humbly yours,

      It was just an example.... I don't own a gun and I'm a true advocate of human life. And besides, it ties in better with my comment about legislating morality.

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