We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
“What has happened is these young people now getting to college have no sense of history – of any kind! No sense of history. No world geography. No sense of the violence and the barbarities of history. So, they think that the whole world has always been like this, a kind of nice, comfortable world where you can go to the store and get orange juice and milk, and you can turn on the water and the hot water comes out. They have no sense whatever of the destruction, of the great civilizations that rose and fell, and so on – and how arrogant people get when they’re in a comfortable civilization. They now have been taught to look around them to see defects in America – which is the freest country in the history of the world – and to feel that somehow America is the source of all evil in the universe, and it’s because they’ve never been exposed to the actual evil of the history of humanity. They know nothing!”
For better or worse I think bad times are coming back. Our millennial generation is going to get a once in a lifetime opportunity to become the next greatest generation. But so much is different today then it was in 1929 when the stock market crashed and during the following 12 years of worldwide depression or the subsequent 4 years of WW II. I'm not sure we (America) will survive it this time. Reality bites.
This is a rather damning indictment of our educational system. I am reminded of my English and Social Studies teacher in 7th and 8th grade. She was a battleax, whom we students more feared than liked. But we learned what she intended to teach us, and in later years concluded that her good points greatly outweighed her bad points. In 8th grade, she commenced the first 15-20 minutes of the school day by reading us The Boy Captive of Old Deerfield. From the Amazon review:
Deerﬁeld, Massachusetts was the northwestern most English settlement in New England during Queen Anne's War (1703-1712). As such, it was a threat to the French, who contested the English for control of North America, and the Indians, who were alienated by English expansion. In the dead of winter in 1704, some 250 Frenchmen and Indians advance upon an unsuspecting English settlement. Silently they scale the palisades and overpower the sentinel. Before help can arrive from the neighboring towns, the raiding party is already leading a hundred and nine settlers away as "Captives to Canada." Such is the historic background for this classic novel about the grim attack of February Z9, 1704, on the frontier town of Deerfield, Massachusetts. History becomes very vivid when seen through the eyes of Stephen Williams, the ten-year-old son of the village minister. At first the boy is over- whelmed by the tragedies that befall his family and friends, but as the long trek to Canada continues, he slowly adapts himself to a hopeless situation and begins to learn about Indian ways from his friend Kewakcum.
As Deerfield wasn't that far away from our home town, and Stephen was close to our age, we could readily identify with his experience. The book constituted an excellent history lesson: that our ancestors didn't live the easy, comfortable lives that we did.
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There is no one like Camille Paglia. Listening to her is like coming up for air. She and Dr. C. Sommers may be the only feminists who insist on highlighting all that MEN have contributed to society. She recognizes she is where she is today because of the unique forces that shaped Western Civilization.
For those interested, youtube the Jordan Peterson and Camille Paglia discussion. It is well worth your time. A real barn burner.