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Taking care of the lawn

Reader comment on item: [The Canadian Islamic Congress:] An Islamist Apology

Submitted by Boris Frenkel (United States), Jul 19, 2005 at 22:09

Reputation is a very interesting thing. Many people just don't understand that you need to work very hard and very long hours to build good reputation. Reputation does not come with a single apology and with single good deed. It's a long, painful and often very unfair and depressing process. Nobody can just assume that the case is closed and life is good from a single good move, no matter how self-satisfying this move is. If people who apologized to you, Mr. Pipes, will ever tell you "what else do you need?", forget it, this is not a true apology, at least is not the one that creates reputation.

An old soviet joke demonstrates this concept. A USSR leader visits England and asks the queen: "How did you manage to grow such a pretty lawn around the palace?". The queen replies: "It's simple. First, you plant some grass seeds. Then you take good care of the lawn for at least 400 years."

I wish your opponents take good care of the seeds they have planted.
Thank you for your work.
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