Re: Re: Open Letter to Lee Crocker
Thu, 22 Jul 1999 22:35:06 EDT

In a message dated 7/22/99 12:30:00 PM, you wrote: Lee wrote:

>Pathological open-mindedness is a kind of cowardice. To live
>effectively, one must make commitments--to people, to moral values,
>and yes, even to beliefs.

I agree with gist of this. It's a semantic issue, I think: how do you define "belief"? If a "belief" is subject to change, it ceases to be a belief. "Private conviction" might be a better term.

>Some will be wrong, but that's life.
>When you discover that, you change--often with some pain. Until
>then, there's no sense crippling your ability to accomplish things
>in life by not having beliefs.

Again, I agree with the gist of what you're saying, if not the semantic repercussions.

--Mac Tonnies