Re: To Whom it May Concern

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Tue Jan 25 2000 - 17:35:42 MST

Robert Owen wrote:
> An Open Letter to the Membership:
> The permissiveness and indulgence shown toward the
> indifference, if not contempt, of young adults toward
> mature standards of conduct is not merely an evasion
> of duty but a reinforcement of adolescent narcissism,
> which explains as well as anything the mediocrity of
> contemporary American Culture.

The issue of dealing with violations of standards necessary to
*rational* discussion is one which is timeless, ageless, and applies to
a 50-year-old insulting a 18-year-old as well as vice versa. Narcissim
may sometimes be exaggerated in adolescents, but it is a panhuman attribute.

On *this* list of all places, people who happen to fall into what the
late twentieth century called the "adolescent" age range should be
independently judged on their own merits as Extropians, not lumped
together into those darned whippersnappers.

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Typing in Dvorak         Programming with Patterns  Writing in Gender-neutral
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