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  • Wassercrats failings were no different in kind from those of many other Perlmonks; they only differed in the degree to which they were flagrantly expressed.
    At least we have found the only flawed humans on Earth; they all frequent Perlmonks, and felt a sick glee when Wassercrats left!

    Which isn't to say I didn't feel it -- I did -- but I didn't feel great about feeling that sick glee. I didn't. I felt bad about the fact that Wassercrats seems to have categorized some significant concepts under headings like philosophy and psychology and has just decided to hate them, and I felt bad about not being able to converse with a fellow human.

    The first one is arguably Wassercrat's problem to solve, not mine. The second, however -- I have thought long and hard on it. I have come to the conclusion that it was not a happy thing, nor a sad thing. It just happens. Clique behavior is biologically based and almost inescapable. Doesn't make it right; doesn't make it happy. Does make it essentially unavoidable if you want to function in the human world. Moreover, nobody from PM has ever punched me, threatened to punch me, or been anything less than genial (or, at the very least, tolerant of my questions).

    And me? I want to function in the human world. I'm willing to accept that questions irritate people sometimes; I'm willing to accept that I may someday offend someone without intending to, and may well apologize even though I didn't feel I intended to do wrong.

    It's not a question of going against the group or going with the group. No group is so powerful that all the choices you have to make are controlled by it.

    The question is really whether an individual is willing to examine cases like this more carefully and pick the things they want and let the things that are less important go.

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    You are what you think.