The above picture pretty much summarizes my opinions about the stark contrast between mystical moralism and practical logic, and how fear of going to Hell provides an insufficient, malnourishing worldview, whereas true logic is a more effective perspective to apply to yourself, even if it does, say, contrast with certain Biblical Scripture.
For one, one must understand the difference between moralism and Christianity, which, as evidenced in the world, does not happen at’all. In fact, more often than not, the two are interpreted to be the exact same thing, from both conservatives and atheists, in that, in each of their minds, moralism and Christianity are the exact same thing.
But, they simply aren’t, and I wish I had more of a desire to dedicate sufficient time, energy, and care into constructing a written argument as to why this is the case, but instead, introducing this idea, even if it is not very in-depth, and will only justify in the minds of those I am criticizing that moralism and Christianity are the same, is simply as far as I’m willing to go in this topic, even though I know how erroneously misinterpreted what I am saying is going to be misinterpreted, and how I know how much vitriol I am going to receive from these groups, and well-intended inquiries I am going to receive from them that, once again, I simply do not have the desire nor energy to answer…
Math can only explain the physical laws of the universe.
It cannot make ethical judgments or valuations.
It cannot interpret probabilities to make specific actions.
All of these are done by human beings, who make decisions not based on determinate, precise mathematical equations, but rather by a completely different process entirely.
The process only properly defined by “why human beings do x“, of which, I’m not sure a completely comprehensive, scientific/objective piece has been written (and I’m not sure that said piece can be written).
He posted this on his Facebook page an hour ago.
“There are four kinds of people in the world: those who, in their desire to remold tradition, think 2 plus 2 equals 5, those who worship the past and say 2 plus 2 equals 4, and the compromisers who want to declare that the number is around 3.434. The fourth is the rarest and most treasured kind of person, those who seek higher, more meaningful truths than those the defenders of the past revere; they hold, and will not hear it otherwise, that 2 and 2 is the cubed root of 64.”
Teachers are not the students’ slaves.
And neither are the students the teachers’ slaves.
The teacher decides how to teach the class: period. If the teacher is bad, then the students should have the right to tell other students that the teacher is bad, and no student should be required by administration to take that course.
You replace the teacher and replace the course, and there you go.
However, the administrator also does not have to do this either, for perhaps there are just lazy students, and the teacher is actually a good teacher.
However, ultimately, a person’s life is his or her own responsibility. If a teacher gets fired, it is his or her responsibility to find a new source of income. If a student gets bad grades, it is his or her responsibility to get them up. And it is up to the student to determine his own education: not a government official, nor a school administrator, nor even a teacher.
The hope is that teachers inspire kids, but kids have to decide for themselves whether or not they are going to learn, and if they don’t, it is no one’s fault but their own, so they should bear the consequences of their decisions, whether they ultimately become economical, romantic, literary, mathematical, scientific, historical, etc.
Students should be able to decide which teachers they want to learn from (if at all possible practically, personnel-wise and financially possible from an administrative standpoint: if a school is stubborn, allow free market competition to eventually meet the needs of the market if choice like this is what they desire), and if that isn’t possible, it is still up to the student to put his or her own education into his or her own hands. The public library is seen as a dirty, gross injustice in today’s world, because teachers aren’t getting paid and kids are learning in a building called a “public library” instead of a building called a “public school”, but if education is truly our goal, then we can’t victimize libraries, nor condemn people as “uncaring to the poor” if we suggest that they learn from the public library instead of a government school (public libraries are typically free, from MY experience).
In other words, their ignorance is their own fault, and no one is responsible to these people except themselves.
(Obviously, it is the parents’ responsibility to take care of kids, but I’m talking more of anyone in general who is in “school” to learn: especially high school kids, college kids, etc.).
The teacher’s union is evil.
Teachers that aren’t that smart, wanting to get paid more for being lazier.
If you want to improve education in this country, legislation is not the answer.
The answer lies within the individuals, and each individual’s own personal desire to learn.
If you don’t have that, then you will suffer the consequences, and it is no one’s fault but your own.
Guilt is not sympathy.
Responsibility is a word that is being attempted to be eliminated out of the English language simply by destroying it’s meaning.
The word will soon follow suit without a change of action.
January 31, 2014.