Italy’s culture minister stupified
“The image of David, armed, offends and infringes the law. We will take action against the American company so that it immediately withdraws its campaign,” says Italy’s culture minister. But it is 2014. Maybe the culture minister doesn’t know the story:
David put his hand into the bag and took out a stone, hurled it with the sling, and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone embedded itself in his brow, and he fell on his face to the ground. Thus David triumphed over the Philistine with sling and stone; he struck the Philistine dead, and did it without a sword in his hand. Then David ran and stood over him; with the Philistine’s own sword which he drew from its sheath he killed him, and cut off his head. — 1 Samuel 17
Maybe the ad, from Armalite, does infringe the law. It might be in poor taste to use a great masterpiece to promote products. But to complain because in the ad David is holding a weapon (an Armalite AR-50) is simply stupid; very nearly offensively stupid. Michaelangelo’s David is always holding a weapon. He has a sling in his left hand, and a rock in his right.
Inspired by Nicole’s plan for Detroit, here’s my scheme for education reform.
We eliminate all the actual course work. All the student must do to graduate is show up. On time, every time.
For elementary school, the child must be at the library at 8:00 a.m. every weekday for the whole school year except holidays. Once there, he may read, color, or turn around and go back home. But that’s it. Everything else is up to the parents to require.* Show up every day for the school year, and he can advance to the next grade. Do it eight times and he can start high school.
In high school, he must show up every weekday at some variable time between 7:00 and 10:00. At the start of school he’s given a paper listing the time to show up every day. All work is optional. He’s lost his paper and doesn’t know what time to arrive today? Better luck next year.
* This part is actually pretty important.
Someone says “The thing about an increasingly childless economy is that it has major implications for consumption.”
No, that childlessness has economic implications is not the thing. That our economy, society, and culture in their present state discourage people from having children, that is the thing. Moreover, the habit of mind that casts a shortage of children as “an increasingly childless economy” is part of the reason so few people are having so few children.
At work the door to the rest room is always open first thing in the morning. The cleaners work at night, and they leave them open with the ceiling fan running. That’s fine. I shut the door, thinking I’m doing my bit to maintain civilization. If I don’t shut it, it will still be open at noon. There’s not really a privacy or modesty problem, because there’s an interior wall for a baffle, but it seems to me that if there’s going to be a door on the rest room, then the door needs to be shut. If the door is always open, there is no door. It’s best not to say anything though; just quietly shut the door. Because at another place where this was happening, they took off the door completely. Notionally this was to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but really it was just HR proactively degrading the work environment.
At only twenty-three years old, he has a wife, Alexandra, who was waiting patiently in the crowd, and together they have a two-year-old daughter waiting for them to return to their home in Reno, Nevada. At such a young age, Wise has the lifestyle of an adult. — At Twenty-Three
It’s just possible that the people who write the news are not like the rest of us.
“Belgium legalizes child euthanasia and no one bats an eye. Denmark euthanizes an giraffe and everybody loses their minds.”
How many points is that worth?
“The whole point of education is that it should give a man abstract and eternal standards by which he can judge material and fugitive standards.”
The problem is that radical relativism believes that there are no abstract and eternal standards but that, on the contrary, all standards are merely fugitive, here today and gone tomorrow. Education does not serve truth because there is no truth to serve. — Joseph Pearce, linked above
And will it be on The Final?