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No conflict [Re: In praise of curiosity]

by bronto (Priest)
on Jul 28, 2003 at 12:10 UTC ( #278403=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to In praise of curiosity

Dear gmax

I know you by person, and I sincerely admire you as a programmer and as a DBA. But, first of all, I admire you for what the person you are and for your intelligence. That's why I am sure that what you wrote comes from a thorough meditation and anynothing else.

Ok, this could well be OT, but I have to disagree with you for this phrase:

in Christian countries, curiosity is believed to be the mother of all vices, and people are encouraged to stick to the corpus of knowledge that has been officially blessed by some authority

As a Catholic, hence Christian, I have to, partially, disagree. There are parts of our religion that are dogmatic, and certain parts that are not subject to private interpretation; that's the true part of your assertion. But there is a lot you have to discover, to understand, and to live. That's something that takes all of your life. And curiosity is a need; curiosity and open-mindness, since your research never stops, even on those things that you think you definitely understand.

I am Catholic, I am curious. And the two things aren't in conflict.

Con immutata stima

Update: When will I learn to write a decent english? :-)

The very nature of Perl to be like natural language--inconsistant and full of dwim and special cases--makes it impossible to know it all without simply memorizing the documentation (which is not complete or totally correct anyway).
--John M. Dlugosz
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Re: No conflict [Re: In praise of curiosity]
by Anonymous Monk on Jul 28, 2003 at 12:49 UTC

    It seems to me that you are just agreeing with gmax.

    He is not saying that Catholics can't be curious, but rather that in Catholic influenced culture there is a strong social belief against curiosity.

    So he says to go over the social convention and be curious nonetheless.

    I don't see any reason for a religious dispute.

    Read again his answer to chromatic.

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