Tuesday, August 18, 2009

We Don't Need No Education

One great psychological advantage of resenting education is that it enables the willfully dependent to maintain the belief that society is permanently unjust and they are the permanent victims. If education were viewed as a viable means available for anyone to increase their standard of living, their entire i'm-a-victim-others-are-to-blame viewpoint would have to change. Instead of blaming others, they would have to endure the pain of looking inward. This is why getting an education in British lower-class schools is violently discouraged, and those who are studious are persecuted, even beaten. Getting an education is considered a threat. The success of one person is an insult to everyone else.

Adapted from Life at the Bottom: The Worldview that Makes the Underclass
by Theodore Dalrymple