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I actually did try Emacs for a while for exactly the reasons you point out. I heard how great it was and wanted to see for myself what all the fuss was about. I used it exclusively for a few months and gained some familiarity with Elisp, but eventually ended up going back to Vim (for a variety of reasons that I'll not get into here). In my experience Vimscript is "easier" in the sense of going from an idea of something I want to do to actually implementing it.

Even after using Emacs + Elisp for all that time, I never experienced that transcendental moment that so many fans of Lisp dialects seem to share.

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