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    From: (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: LOL at JMS' comments on ASM #36
      To: rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe  
    Date: 1/5/2002 10:23:00 PM  

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> And Bin Laden
>could very well be rational. I haven't seen him do anything that hasn't
>served *his* goals.

To be rational is not the same thing as following goals.

Mike, the dictionary is our friend. Words mean what they mean, not what we
wish them to mean.

I quote to you from Webster's Dictionary:

"RATIONAL Agreeable to reason; not absurd, preposterous, extravagant, foolish,
fanciful, or the like; wise; judicious; as, rational conduct; a rational man."

Neither Bin Laden nor Hitler fit that definition. Period.

I'm a writer, Mike...and I respect the fact that words mean what they mean. We
can wish that rational meant the same thing as, say, "determined," or
"sentient," but it doesn't.


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