Henry Kissinger is reported to have said, "Academic politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so small." For those of us in academia, there's always been something viscerally right about this - most of us have seen plenty of conflicts where the costs (to participants and bystanders alike) far outweigh the significance of the issues. People in higher education may not be unique in their ability to focus myopically on things to the exclusion of any reasonable perspective, but surely we have become some of the world's best.
In that vein, I present the following story as yet another exhibit in the long-running saga of stupid fights that didn't need to be picked. I leave it without further comment, though your thoughts (as always) appreciated!