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A delicate exotic fruit

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Oscar Wilde wrote, in The Importance of Being Earnest (Act I, Scene ii):

Lady Bracknell. … I have always been of opinion that a man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing. Which do you know?

Jack. [After some hesitation.] I know nothing, Lady Bracknell.

Lady Bracknell. I am pleased to hear it. I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square.

The above passage leapt to mind as I reflected on this comment on an earlier post:

Is your friend of high school age? About 15 or so?

I assume he is, and that his infantile opinions are based on what he’s seen on MTV Netherlands. What I can’t understand, however, is why you would post this sort of rubbish. It seems that to me that there is no price you will not pay to disparage the current administration. To hell with objectivity.

Notice that the comment contains no trace of fact or logical argument. It would serve in almost any situation, and can by made by a person who knows nothing of what he’s talking about. Like a delicate exotic fruit, it is perfect of its kind. I seldom see a written passage so devoid of content—meaningful content, I mean; it certainly has loads of insults, which for some serve as the means of argument and discussion.

Written by Leisureguy

16 August 2008 at 3:34 pm

Posted in Daily life

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