Monday, February 16, 2015
everyone knows that
A friend passed along in email an article about a woman who appears on her mumsnet.com posting to suggest that mothers band together and force the removal of dinosaurs from the academic curricula their small children are subjected to. "Please, do what you can to get dinosaurs taken off the curriculum," she writes.
The well-educated may cluck and deride this woman (a reincarnation of Sarah Palin, perhaps), but, reading her plea, I was somehow touched ... frightened, but touched. The whole of her plea is written in reasonable tones. She cares about her kids and knows other parents do too. True, she makes blanket assertions without a shred of evidence brought to bear, but you can sort of sympathize ... the basis of the assertions is that "everyone knows (or ought to know) that."
What I found touching was that someone who appeared to be honestly ignorant and drawing conclusions from that ignorance was receiving no apparent help. Everyone was so busy accentuating their own better understanding and deriding hers that ... well, she was left holding the same bag she had picked up in the first place. True, corrective suggestions might slide off her like mercury off a table top, but ....
And I couldn't help but think that this woman's heartfelt ignorance is the stuff Americans are treated to in the U.S. Congress... or some liberal- or conservative-cult convention.
Everyone knows that.