* Kaz Kylheku
| By far the biggest reason people write things in C is because they are
| idiots who hold on to thirty year old misconceptions (and many of them
| are not even that old, but they gladly inherit their misconceptions from
| others before them).
In other words, they express a deep-rooted desire /not/ to be different
from anybody else, a deep-rooted desire to be /just like/ everybody else.
People whose only distinguishing mark is that they are not different are
fundamentally inconsequential. They will change when people around them
change, insofar as they do not believe that they have a /right/ not to
change because they think being just like everybody else is a /virtue/.
In a world where almost everything except human nature has changed so
much that an 80-year-old must have been /really/ mentally active all his
life to be indistinguishable from an Alzheimer's patient, the kind of
people who have a strong desire /not/ to think become not just a liability
on their immediate surroundings, they force a change in how civilization
can sustain itself when these people think they should have some power,
and indeed /have/ some power qua mass consumers, where everybody is in
fact just like everybody else and were being a minority costs real money
if not convenience. So why do I not want Common Lisp to be a mass market
language? Because this kind of people will want to exert influence over
something that is good because it has been restricted to the "elite" that
has made a conscious choice to be different from /something/, indeed to
/be/ something. The very word "exist" derives from "to step forth, to
stand out". To be just like everyone else is tantamount to not exist, to
leave not a single mark upon this world that says "I made this". Likewise
the people who form the mass do not want those exceptions, the minority
that has decided to stand out, to /exist/. All the brutality of the mass
hysteria against that which threatens the meaningless lives of those who
do not wish to have any meaning to their lives illustrate with which
vengeance meaningless people will fight the requirement to think, to form
an opinion, an idea, a thought of their own, different from what everybody
else have already said they would approve of. People who program in the
main-stream languages because they are main-stream languages have yet to
form the prerequisite concepts to say "I want to program in C". They
have not yet developed an "I" who can actually want anything on its own.
That said, there are things that I really miss from C. The ability to
make full use of the one resource that is the most scarce in modern
processors, the registers is sorely missing from the way Common Lisp has
been implemented. If I had the time, I would seriously investigate other
options for representing fixnums and pointers instead of just dabbling in
an area where I once considered myself knowledgeable, but failed to keep
up and it appears to be a full-time job just to catch up. *sigh*
Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway
Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder.
Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.