To subdue the enemy without fighting is the supreme excellence. - Sun Tzu

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Two Kinds of Education

(inspired by an article at DRT News and anarchist propaganda from CrimethInc)

What's the state of Education in the US today? Take your pick: Completely worthless, feel-good pop-culture 'information' (such as the entirety of lower education Social Studies), rote memorization and practice, or indoctrination of the superiority of the modern white, upper-middle-class, Christian life (go to college, get a job, raise a family, get a career, have some hobbies, retire, die).
Souls and inquiry might get in the way of being a good little Corporate-owned robot.

The best way to break it is to force people to confront things contrary to their comfortable worldview without allowing them to write it off as the result of 'depression' (the Anarchists' problem), 'wanting attention' (the Goths' problem), or being 'just plain crazy' (the Discordians' problem).

Moreover, I suspect that any new subculture would quickly be pidgeonholed with some equally-inaccurate one-word attribute that allows "normal" people to pretend they don't exist and ignore their message. This is because a person's ideas are very difficult to modify once they become 'set'; it's easier to have an idea that suffices, no matter how wrong, rather than challenge one's self and question anything, much less everything.

The song I'm listening to on Pirate Radio San Diego has the lyrics "Follow your heart, follow your dreams" repeated over and over again. I wonder how often 'normals' hear that message, from various sources, while thinking actually doing it is impossible? But fear and a lack of options given to them by these same corporate-owned media sources and educational institutions keeps them (us) locked in the same hopeless course.

But, to get back to the point, it is not impossible to affect people by exposing them to alternate ideas, lifestyles, ways of thinking. They don't want to change, even though it is in their best interest to be forced out of their comfortable slavery. So go do something!


Blogger Liz said...

how can it be in their own best interest? I mean, they are honestly content. They usually have bright, happy children and great memories of the frat/sorority house. Its not fake, its just the way we exam life, corporate zombie-hood is lack-luster, grueling, and incredibly average.

1:37 PM, April 13, 2006

Blogger Liz said...


1:37 PM, April 13, 2006

Blogger RanDomino said...

Aye, they are content, but content, ignorant slaves. Also, my rights and freedoms are restricted and I am forced to pay higher prices and taxes and be paid less than what I deserve because of their ignorance and fear of change. If the people could be awakened and educated, the quality of all parts of society- research, government policy, entertainment- would improve dramatically. I'm thinking along the lines of 30-40%.

9:59 AM, April 17, 2006

Blogger RanDomino said...

"research, government policy, entertainment" just for example

10:00 AM, April 17, 2006


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