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  •  Thumbs up for the memories. (7+ / 0-)

    I can identify, though a few years later, but a very similar intellectually curious journey and then with the teaching levels for the same reasons.  I was able to retire quite early, a decision with which I struggled at the time, but I was able to pursue both my reading and other interests without continuing to work to overcome the emerging fundamentalism and general anti-intellectualism.  Perhaps selfish, but the decision also allowed more attention to and time for social and political activism.

    I think far fewer will discover and choose to follow such paths very far unless they happen to be fortunate enough to have the influences of someone close whom they trust and respect.

    Sir Toby to Malvolio in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: "Art any more than a steward? Dost thou think because thou art virtuous there shall be no more cakes and ale?" (virtuous=puritanical)

    by blueoasis on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 01:50:54 PM PDT

    •  The web SHOULD have been . . . (2+ / 0-)
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      blueoasis, Southcoast Luna

      I contributed a good bit at Wikipedia because of my self-teaching when I was young. I imagined a user -- a kid who reads an interview with a rock star who says that her record was really influenced by reading Isabel Aliende and then wants to know.

      There are a lot of reasons the flowers haven't bloomed. We're all "offloading" memory, supposedly -- having less and less memory. The .com's "monetized eyeballs" are enemies of self-teaching. The for-profit colleges are enemies of it.  Add to that the death of rock stars and radio, and we're losing the teenager.

      The power of the adolescent is amazing. There is serious power in not knowing what you cannot do. All of those computer geniuses who took only a few computer science classes and then dropped out to write major programs are simply other examples of the hunger.

      "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

      by The Geogre on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 06:25:10 PM PDT

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