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

Wes Turner wes.turner at gmail.com
Sun Sep 16 12:52:11 EDT 2018

On Sunday, September 16, 2018, Wes Turner <wes.turner at gmail.com> wrote:

> It may be most relevant to interpret the poem as it is: culled from
> various writings of the community.
> What do we need to remember? Our criticism can hurt fragile feelings and
> egos; which we need to check at the door.

Dear Python community,

> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aesthetics
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_dysmorphic_disorder
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compensation (time spent disambiguating)
> Python is primarily an online community; where words are our appearance.

We should strive to be concise.

"I don't like it because it's ugly" is not a helpful code review.

Subjective assertions of superiority are only so useful in context to the
objectives (e.g. reducing complexity)

> "Most reasonable people would understand that" we're *clearly* talking
> about engineering design aesthetic.
> Not body dysmorphia.
> Objectively,

That's subjective

Compared to C,

C has different objectives for a different market.

> Python is fat and slow.

Python is plenty fast for people all over the world who are solving
problems for others.

> It's not fast, but it's pretty,
> and that's all it has going for it,

Python has lots of things to be proud of and confident about (i.e. helping
others and paying bills).

> In this crazy world.
> Mean losers,
> T-shirts.

Attention seeking AND problem solving

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