29 May 2013
According to a friend of mine who has just started keeping bees, "if you want a dozen opinions, ask ten beekeepers." My first thought on reading that was to remember the Lord of the Rings reference about "... go not to the Elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes." Or something along those lines. Ambiguity was definitely involved. Though that was in counter-quote to "do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger." (This is again mostly from memory, so I apologise for any errors in the quotation. I hate errors. Errors are bad. Errors have to be publicly forced to confess their crimes and executed... er, wait.) And there's the line from Babylon Five somewhere about understanding being a three-edged sword. Modern culture - offering "multiple viewpoints" as the norm. Yes or no? Or is there another viewpoint on the subject?