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  • From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com>
  • To: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>, xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2000 14:55:56 -0500

Context is everything.  It is the willingness 
of individuals to stay at it that counts.  Not 
their education, not their place in their society, 
but their vision and understanding, and a talent 
for seeing the sensitive point to which all other 
points are connected.  That bit understood makes 
means obvious.  Once you know how progressions 
tend, you can improvise in place.  My tilt is 
away from rigidity of means and to individual 
skill at offering a flower to the Buddha.

It sounds mystic.  It isn't.  It just works 
better in image than long exposition.   Ben Franklin 
wasn't offering them tobacco.  He got them 
high as kites and when they got too ripped to remember what they 
were arguing about, they argued more creatively.  A little 
noise, a little laughter, and one guy with a 
loaded stash and the willingness of all involved 
to stay in a hot smokey stuffy room until the 
list was complete.  And to come back if not.  

Commit to small actions that address 
the point of sensitivity and overwhelm corporate 
rhetoric.  A wasp in the eye of the driver takes 
out a two ton vehicle doing sixty miles an hour. 
A bowl in the hand of the laughing zealot dispels the 
heat of the summer's conference.  

Not that the W3C works like that.  ISO certainly 
doesn't.   Context, you know.... and the skill and 
willingness of individuals.  Those are the keys.


Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h

-----Original Message-----
From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:simonstl@simonstl.com]

Ah, but don't forget to get over the mass mentality of corporate rhetoric
to ensure that the system which emerges is equitable.

You tilt consistently one way, I tilt consistently the other.  Hopefully
the list isn't bored by now.

>I point out Ben Franklin as an example of means 
>that are often more subtle than a flaming zealot 
>can ever manage.  A guy with a match and a loaded pipe 
>and can do quite a lot with a room full of arguing 
>hot heads.

Except, of course, in that minor dispute between the hotheads of England
and the hotheads of America, where he wasn't noted for any lack of zealotry.


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