The answers, however, were brilliant!
I really dug Merlyn's response because it describes the source of my own beliefs.
The response that made the biggest impression was jaldhar's. Read the tone of the responses here, then head over to slashdot and read the comments that were posted to the previously mentioned Larry Wall interview. I think jaldhar is on to something...
Well done! Pats on the back all around. The level of respect shown here reflects well on the community -- especially considering the volatility of the topic!
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