Byron Hynes (bph@GOV.NT.CA)
Mon, 16 May 1994 21:44:08 MDT
> Basically, what you are saying is that any self-improvement ideal is
> wrong because it discriminates against others.. which is patently
I put my foot in my own mouth often enough, that you don't need to mis-
quote me to do it.
What I said was: If a BSA policy defines a group of people as "best" then
those outside that group must be something other than "best", in fact less
Are units that never win "Quality" awards inferior to those that do?
Are Scouters who don't win awards inferior to those that do? Are movies
that don't win Oscars inferior to those that do? Are players who don't
win MVP less valuable than those that do?
My point had nothing to do with "self improvement", but with the
use of the English language (or even its American dialect).
You can't have a "best" unless the others are not best.
 Best: _adj. superlative of GOOD_ 1: excelling all others. <The ~
student> [Webster's ninth new collegiate dictionary, ISBN 0-919028-66-7]
I didn't say BSA was wrong in using the word best -- or that it was right
either. And I certainly didn't say "any self-improvement ideal is wrong", as
you have claimed I did.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City