Re: comment wrt. ESR's talk in Vienna

Autor: Eric S. Raymond (
Datum: Son Jul 14 2002 - 16:13:34 CEST

Karin Kosina <>:
> Yes, you may call such people idealists -- for me "idealist" is not an
> insult. But to say that they are all lying to themselves is one.

I wouldn't say that, actually. Some idealists lie to themselves. Most
simply accept the cultural categories about "selfishness" and "altruism"
that they are handed and never examine their own behavior carefully enough
to realize how unreal the distinction is. I used to be like that myselfx.

		Eric S. Raymond

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