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Some of the "rules" are common sense: whoever thinks about it for two seconds will agree with the rule. Others do not seem to have logical grounds and seem to be just historical things that stayed. Such rules sometimes evolve and new rules emerge which can be the opposite of the former rules (and enforced quite as strictly.) Overall, do you think that rules are mostly rational or that thye are form of religion? Another way of putting it: there are things we may call tacky, terrible, etc. but in how many cases are we actually able to explain precisely and logically why it is wrong? Mathieu
good points LAGuy. i agree that the range of things we call 'stylish' has broadened much from the traditional. ... anyway, back to the topic, i think many people believe things based on received 'knowledge', and cannot easily explain or describe their judgements rationally. i think the better efforts at codifying rules of dress are aimed at providing a more rational basis for judging style, as opposed to merely dogmatizing. i think if one can't be reasonably precise/logical in explaining why something is wrong, one should probably re-examine the judgement. ***edit - sorry for the confusing quote, i just wanted to bring the original question back into view.
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"Religious" and "irrational" are not synonymous, however, nor are "common sense" and "religion" antithetical. I think the question might have better been posed.
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The original post should perhaps have been titled, for the sake of precision, "Rules: rational or conventional?"
My version makes for a better title. I thought of using "dogma" instead of "religion", might have been better.
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Quote (alchimiste) Do I get a free shirt as a thank you for starting this thread? This is an entirely appropriate question ... if and when we reach page 49.
I just need to post 49*10 times Who would not post 490 times for a free shirt from A. Kabbaz?
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And the original poster may come to regret his choice of words as this topic gets towed to Current Events, Religion, and other Flame Wars...
That's fine, I'll get my free shirt faster.
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Perhaps we can all just blame it on the non-specificity of alchimiste and void his free shirt request?
No way.
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However, throughout this thread, you have been struggling mightily to alter the original question to one which better fits the answers as you would like to offer them.
Alex, I was asking whether the rules were a religion not clothes themselves. So I think that Manton and LAguy rephrase my question more than they really change it. Are rules rational (can be derived logically) or dogmatic (there has never been any logical reason or this reason is outdated)?
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it seems the extent to which dressing is a social act, is the extent to which the 'rules' of dressing constitute a religion.
I would agree with this. People don't leave the bottom button of their jackets unbuttonned because of a fat English noble man but because everybody does the same and doing otherwise would not be accepted.
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