OT: Celebrity advice (was: Advice to a Junior in High School?)

Gerrit Holl gerrit at nl.linux.org
Wed Aug 27 22:12:13 CEST 2003


Peter Hansen wrote:
> But if you refuse to go to prison, things get lethal pretty quickly.
> That's what "ultimately" refers to above.

Well, I don't think they get very lethal, they get painful at most.

> I think the key word in the above is "ultimately", and
> I can see why ESR would (I think validly) state what he did above.

Ultimately, the state will use violence. But this violence should not
have lethal consequences.

If 'lethal' would be replaced by 'using violence', this statement is
reasonable for some sorts of government decisions, but only for those
involving law (e.g. not involving building roads (however, roads *can*
be quite lethal ;)).

Gerrit.

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