I do not wish to shame the person whose utter rot has just come to my attention in some comment box. So I will not name him though at least one of you who will recognize who I am talking about. And no, this is not my being cryptic once more, this is a totally selfish exercise in letting off steam without harming an innocent. Anyway, he is a lot older than me and whilst I do not automatically give Carte Blanche to people on grounds of their age (other than when they are under 20 in which case I’ll excuse anything) I do try and show respect for my “elders”. Pull the other one. Respect? What respect? Earn it. I will help you across the road or shake up your pillow but if you still engage in intellectual debate I am afraid you will have to live with the consequences.
Yes, so here goes, the context almost doesn’t matter: ”…the world of tomorrow needs all women and men to be reasonably educated and well informed…they will then be able to influence the masses…” Savour this. Read it again.
I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry: “...ALL women and men to be … educated” …” They will then be able to influence the MASSES“ ?????????????????????????????? Come again?
On the whole I try to avoid discussions on politics and religion. Firstly I don’t know enough about either; and both tend to take up an awful lot of time with little return considering my life expectancy. Neither do I want to have my head bashed in, my family shot, in case my neighbour takes offence should I not see eye to eye with him.
However, I will make an exception here. It is outrageous.Think about it: ”ALL men and women educated” which presumably includes the writer and one or two of his audience, ”to influence the masses”. The masses: What, the great unwashed? “Influence” them: Influence “them” to what purpose exactly, may I ask. Yours? That of ALL the “educated”? Whose purpose is WHAT? Exactly? Why not EDUCATE the MASSES? HUH?
I am incandescent.