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Discussion on: Replacing master with main in Github

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Jackson Holiday Wheeler

Hi Alexis,

I fully support this change and am wondering when GitHub will follow suit (they did say they are on the case).

It saddens me that the term has caused you pain over the years. This got me thinking, though -- the word is used in many other ways in various contexts. So I'm curious, how do you feel about the word "master" in other situations?

I am deeply involved in various spiritual practices, and for me the word "master" is associated with attainment of high levels of spiritual awareness. So for example, "Zen master" and "the great masters" (e.g. Buddha, Christ, etc.). I perhaps also make this association because of my education in Latin and Greek: the word "master" comes from Latin "magister", meaning "teacher".

How do you feel about such uses?