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OT: fear of thinking

In a message dated 97-10-22 03:30:23 EDT, you write:

<< You can be a gentlemen if you wish but since e-mail is more  spoken word
than written word I think apologizing for thinking is not  necessary. >>

Whatever it is, it is unquestionably an uninflected language addressed to
near strangers, each with his own thoughts, opinions, psychological baggage
and agendas. The words sit there starkly to be interpreted or misinterpreted
on the other end, sometimes in unrecognizable ways. Abstract thoughts and
fine distinctions are particulary prone to distortion, and the need to keep
things short tends to exacerbate this. Surely it serves us well to wear our
party manners and remember the limitations of the vehicle of communication.

Anner Whitehead, Richmond, VA
Henry Hall henryanner@aol.com

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