Re: Emotional Level on Anthro-l

Thomas W. Rimkus (trimkus@COMP.UARK.EDU)
Thu, 23 Nov 1995 09:41:17 -0600

On Wed, 22 Nov 1995, Hugh W. Jarvis wrote:

> Please, everyone, I am upset that after that my return from the very
> humanising experience meeting real, warm, human beings in Washington,
> I find people getting into ridiculous emotional battles regarding
> something as trivial as choice of vocabulary. Keep these battles off
> Anthro-l! This is a place for friendly discussion and sharing of
> information, NOT for that childish behaviour. For the rest of our
> sakes, find a common ground and chill out. We are all professionals
> here, aren't we?
> Hugh
> (an unimpressed (co)-listowner)
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> Hugh

I agree that the emotionalism displayed recently has no value here.
I believe, however, that the issue of vocabulary control lies at
the heart of the effectiveness of the lessons of anthropology on
society; and that is, or should be, in a meta-anthropological sense,
important to the list. Some probably disagree, they might find
discussions of current publications or specific topics in
anthro to be more important.

If we all agree with each other, why communicate except to feel good? If
we disagree, then emotion comes into play as we struggle to understand.
The solution lies in mutual respect and common decency we would show each
other if we were in the same room.

Happy T-day to all.

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