this interesting philosphical question hit me as i was contemplating my navel:

should text alignment be preserved?

it seems as if we are being encouraged to give our opinion on this weighty issue every time we post a message here.
in general, i would say "yes". preserving the heritage of our forbears for the sake of posterity is a worthy endeavour. however, i would not be so narrow-minded as to insist on such preservation should it involve preventing innovators from realizing their true potential in the grand scheme of things.

however i believe there is a limit to what should be preserved. if one is to do so merely for the sheer fear of never losing anything, that amounts to a pack-rat mentality which indiscriminately collects worthless and redundant objects adding to this already over-cluttered planet.

yet that which is truly precious (such as text alignment) deserves to be held in esteem and cherished, as these things attest to the beauty and wonder of life on earth.
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