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(Perl)Monks, Zen, Caffeine and Hacker Habitsby Sigmund (Pilgrim)
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Reading a book about tea and the ancient methods used in China to prepare hot water to be poured on the tea, i found a sentence which blasted my mind; the book in question is an italian book by Marco Ceresa, titled "La scoperta dell'acqua calda" (meaning "The discovery of Hot Water") and the sentence was somethin' like "In past times, Zen Monks have always been strong Tea users, because Caffeine that's in tea helped them to stay awake and meditate for hours and hours..."; all this to tell, consequently, that they helped Tea to gain a wide diffusion as a recreational drink, losing that aura of spirituality that had before. But what blasted me was the immediate link to Hacker habits of drinking Coffee and Caffeinated Drinks to be able to stay up late and code.
The question i pose, here, is: "Does the community of PerlMonks strive to represent the spirituality (lost in time) of using Caffeine as a 'Gift from the Gods'?"
"Should we dare to call ourselves PerlMonks if we're just fascinated by caffeine and we've lost our sense of respect towards it and ourselves as well?"
"If not, what should we do to be a real community and not a bunch of silly children playing the "hacker" role without being it?"
I know, reading somethin' like the "Jargon File" or "Conscience of a Hacker" can be *really* fascinating, but it won't resolve in drinking a whole lot of coffee and waiting for someone to code for us the "Definitive Hacking Tool".
Let's start writing real code and learn from errors!