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Love Your Enemies

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Published Thursday, July 21, 2011 8:00 AM by andyleonard

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Rajib Bahar said:

It's been a while I read your posts. Thanks for the wisdom. If you make this error then how do you go about redeeming yourself? I could imagine the torment one would go through during the redeeming process. What if the effort to redeem isn't perceived as sincere? Doesn't it seem like a lost opportunity?

Regarding the quote "treat others as you would like to be treated", Is it coming from Confucius?

July 21, 2011 11:51 AM

Ralph Wilson said:


Actually, if you extend the habits you are proposing into your personal life, you will find that it is extremely applicable  . . . if not more impartant . . . there, as well.  

Similarly, if you have a favorite tool/application/whatever and you continually bash every other tool/application/whatever, then it becomes obvious that you are not at all objective about tools/applications/whatevers.  I have long held that virtually every tool (whether software, hardware, plumbing, woodworking, or whatever) is useful, if not unique applicability, in some circumstances while, at the same time, being not so useful, if not completely useless, in other circumstances. Of course, I have been roundly chastized and even condemned for taking that stance by those who claim that their favorite tool is perfect for all circumstances. ;-)

July 21, 2011 12:16 PM

andyleonard said:

Hi Ralph,

  I've long maintained software delivery is a combination of tool and artist. Find someone with experience using a tool and they can deliver most of the time.


July 21, 2011 1:03 PM

Steve Jones said:

Nice post, and a similar view here. Competition is good:

July 22, 2011 1:09 PM

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