Of course one always has a choice. One may either do the thing asked of them, or not do it. If one does it, he/she will probably be rewarded. If not, he/she will probably be sanctioned. These are consequences. But the fact that consequences for actions exist does *not* mean that no choice is available. If Hitler tells me to break out the Zyklon-B to murder a room full of people whose only crime is that they're somewhat different than him, and I refuse, perhaps I will die. But refusal is still a possible choice for me to make. And, in that instance, I think it is a good one. "if beard theory is so proposterous there is obviously no reason for you to post here. i think you'll find that people come here to enjoy a lighthearted discussion, not argue over every detail." 1. This isn't "every detail." It's the crux of the theory itself. Anyway. 2. I've only come here of late to discuss facts & etc. with shoe, queeq, et. al. in a peaceable manner. I first made my big post a week or two ago, and it was clear that people didn't like it, so I dropped out of the thread completely, so as not to be a stick in the mud. Then I came back, and have been fine, just dropping tidbits about Lee mostly, since he's the only cat we have scoops on at this point. But I've been quiet as to "beard theory" - i.e., whether he's good or bad due to hair. I've left that to you guys. It's just today that we've gotten into that. I think we've gone as far as we can with it. So now it's back to tidbits and little discussions and stuff.