Posted by Rick Denney on September 28, 2001 at 13:03:48:
In Reply to: Re: New York Phil on PBS posted by TC on September 27, 2001 at 08:03:13:
Is is okay to make an obscene gesture to someone when their back is turned? It could do no harm, right? Of course, it is still wrong, and disrespectful, and damaging. It is also damaging to the person making the gesture, even if it's never noticed by the intended victim.
But don't underestimate the readership of this forum, including the silent readers. I guarantee you that word of this has gotten back to Mr. Deck, and that it ruined his day or a portion thereof. That is a real injury, even if it doesn't seem significant to you.
Finally, the end does not justify the means. That moral truth seems especially rarely held these days, but it's still there.
Rick "not impressed by TC's moral argument" Denney