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Re: OT: [CONLANG] The Need for Debate

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 7, 2004, 3:38
And Rosta scripsit:

> It's not really up to the offendee, either, to decide what is and > what is not offensive, if offensiveness is characterized by > reprehensibleness rather than merely the fact of someone having been > caused to feel offended. We all have a right to be treated kindly and > with consideration, and an obligation to treat others thus, but we > don't have a right to not be caused to feel offended. Hence if > someone causes us to feel offended, we cannot necessarily accuse > them of having culpably injured us. A failure to share this point > of view seems to underlie the ire of most flame exchanges.
Both Chris and I excluded culpability due to intentional offending, the kind Quentin Crisp never apologized for.
> (Although I have often caused offence (always unintentionally > but not always inadvertently),
What is the distinction in this case? -- What is the sound of Perl? Is it not the John Cowan sound of a [Ww]all that people have stopped banging their head against? --Larry