Why and how "there is only one way to do something"?
tim.peters at gmail.com
Thu Dec 15 17:28:11 CET 2005
[Steve Holden, to bonono]
> I believe I have also suggested that the phrases of the Zen aren't to be
> taken too literally.
> You seem to distinguish between "obvious" meaning "obvious to Steve
> but not necessarily to me" and "really obvious" meaning "obvious to both
> Steve and me". So where does the subjectivity creep in?
For those who have ears to hear, it's sufficient to note that:
There should be one-- and preferably only one --obvious way to do it.
is followed by:
Although that way may not be obvious at first unless you're Dutch.
> And are you going to spend the rest of your life arguing trivial semantics?
A more interesting question is how many will spend the rest of their
lives responding ;-)
perfect-dutchness-is-a-journey-not-a-destination-ly y'rs - tim
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