[Python-ideas] Retire or reword the "Beautiful is better than ugly" Zen clause

Koos Zevenhoven k7hoven at gmail.com
Thu Sep 13 16:06:29 EDT 2018

On Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 8:33 PM Jonathan Fine <jfine2358 at gmail.com> wrote:

>     To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need
>     to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.
> I wonder if this is related to the beauty in "The Zen of Python".
Different people may need different advice.

Python and open source have always been more about thingslike inclusivity
and diversity than about excessive political correctness. I'm sure the
historical concepts of master/slave were so distant to the handsome young
men that developed the computer science concepts that they didn't expect to
cause any naming conflicts.

To avoid forming any unnecessary taboos and making things more fragile than
they actually are, I'd like to point out that a computer was is the perfect
slave, and that code that causes harm to others is the perfect <insert word
"ugly" here>.

Don't judge the use of a single word. Look at the words next to it – and
the wider context. If you still think the wording itself is harmful,
consider doing something about it. And if you think the background of some
people makes it difficult for them to understand the context of a word,
consider helping them out.

If you can't tell inclusivity/diversity from political correctness, or
dirty words from dirty bytes or from unfriendliness and intolerance, you'd
better go fuck yourself. There's nothing interesting here, anyway ;-). Or
at least it my be a good idea to be somewhat careful.

Tim or others would probably have a better and more relevant response,
though. Sorry, if you have to settle for mine.

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