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About full up with Y2K knowledge. Plenty of new info, no new wisdom, no new insights. Plenty of debate and name calling, but no new wisdom emerges.
Where are the wise and why are they silent?
Why do the prophets sound crazy?
Nothing posted recently advances my understanding.
Now following my own suggested rules, early.
Good luck and Best Regards to all.
-- Bob Barbour (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 26, 1999
I think you'll be back as time rolls on, because knowledge, wisdom, and prophecy never ceases.
-- bardou (email@example.com), January 26, 1999.
Bob -- you may already be familiar with Douglass Carmichael's Y2K writings. If not you may find his comments interesting. Same for anyone else who may be reading this.
Carmichael is pretty well connected in Washington, but finds the same problem as everyone else -- specific information is hard to get.
His weekly newsletter is archived at http://www.tmn.com/y2k/y2kweek_archives.htm
-- Tom Carey (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 26, 1999.
Hey, as one of the crazy prophets, I would guess, I respect your position. Sorry if we've turned you off.
I'll tell you this: your posting about "fading" presence during this time period is one I am taking to heart in a number of practical ways, including termination of my local Y2K newspaper column and other things. So, thanks for your wisdom.
Have always wanted to visit New Zealand, BTW. Keep the lights on for me.
-- BigDog (BigDog@duffer.com), January 26, 1999.
Hey, Bob, A couple of thoughts: 1) Looking for wisdom here is like mining for y2k-Au-- have to sift through a lot of y2k-ore before finding real y2k-nuggets. 2) "The wisdom of a wise man is folly to the foolish". 3) LOTS of wisdom has been posted here, though it hasn't been posted under the thread, "WISDOM". 4) Sometimes the wise are a) lurking, or b) weary, or c) taking care of their own house. 5) I have observed that on the forum the wise are not silent-- they just don't post on every thread; and you have to sift through a lot of postings to find the wisdom. It's not advertising itself. 6) For myself, I have found new wisdom and new insights here recently-- but I've had to "mine" for it. True, there IS a lot of name-calling and "get it"/"don't get it" baiting-- but that's all part of the "dirt" through which the y2k-gold (wisdom) miner has to "dig" to get to a posting or an answer to a posting which IS a real nugget of wisdom or insight. 7) A wise person once told me, "Not everything a crazy person says is crazy." I think that if the "prophets" sound "crazy" simply because what "they" describe is pretty much outside of our "usual and customary" day-to-day experience, and comes across as, well, "crazy". 8) There are lots of wise and generous people who regularly monitor this forum. Whether it's wisdom (by name) that you want, or an "advance in your understanding", I suggest that you be "pro-active" about it and post questions to this forum, as "WANTED: Advancement of my understanding regarding [desire topic here]." When genuinely requested where not an (obvious) troll-like hoax, some pretty heafty brain-power, wisdom, AND advancement in understanding is more often than not posted in answer to such a request. 9) There IS a quantity of stupidness posted here, but on balance, the wisdom and advancement in understanding I have gotten outweigh, by far, any stupidness or name-calling I've had to "wade" through.
-- Nowi Gedit (NowUCit@nowUdont.com), January 27, 1999.
Godspeed, Bob Barbour. . .
-- Hardliner (email@example.com), January 27, 1999.