I know the beauty of Lisp and recently Bruce Tate has written about it here. Please take a minute to look at the article and to read about Lisp as you will improve as a programmer by doing so.
Lisp has long been recognized as one of the great programming languages. The fanatical following it has inspired throughout its long history — nearly 50 years — tells you it’s something special. At MIT, Lisp plays a foundational role in the curriculum for all programmers. Entrepreneurs like Paul Graham used Lisp’s incredible productivity as the jet fuel for successful startups. But to the chagrin of its followers, Lisp never made it into the mainstream. As a Javaâ„¢ programmer, if you spend some time with Lisp — this lost city of gold — you’ll discover many techniques that will change the way you code, for the better.
I wish more was done with Lisp and thats why I started the hyperlisp project, however, I’ve let that stagnate for a long time. If you don’t use Lisp then please let me know why not?