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Re: Just a single Question for the Candidates

On 05 Mar 2004 12:01:34 -0800, Thomas Bushnell, BSG <tb@becket.net> said: 

> Anthony Towns <aj@azure.humbug.org.au> writes:
>> On Thu, Mar 04, 2004 at 11:25:59AM -0800, Thomas Bushnell, BSG
>> wrote:
>> > Anthony Towns <aj@azure.humbug.org.au> writes:
>> > > So, Helen is kind enough to summarise her views on why she
>> > > doesn't participate in the project as fully as she might, and
>> > > she's called a flake, mentally unstable and sexist for her
>> > > beliefs.
>> > Well, she said that she doesn't participate because boys will be
>> > mean to her.  Sounds sexist to me.
>> There are other ways of responding to that sort of claim than
>> accusing people of being sexist, flakey or mentally unstable. That
>> you've chosen that particular way says something about you, and
>> says something about the project's culture.

> I don't think she's flaky or mentally unstable.  I think she
> approached a concrete group of people by assuming they would fit a
> stereotype she had in mind, and that's a bad thing to do.

	Mind you, a stereotype that has played spectacularly true to
 form.  Far from being a bad thing to do, in retrospect, it seems
 stunningly sagacious.

"None of our men are "experts."  We have most unfortunately found it
necessary to get rid of a man as soon as he thinks himself an expert
-- because no one ever considers himself expert if he really knows his
job.  A man who knows a job sees so much more to be done than he has
done, that he is always pressing forward and never gives up an instant
of thought to how good and how efficient he is.  Thinking always
ahead, thinking always of trying to do more, brings a state of mind in
which nothing is impossible. The moment one gets into the "expert"
state of mind a great number of things become impossible." From Henry
Ford Sr., "My Life and Work," p. 86 (1922):
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