--- In email@example.com
, "Frank Thomas Smith"
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "winters_diana"
> <diana.winters@> wrote:
> > Frank:
> > > Ten years ago, when we started the rural W-school here, I was
> > > to the parents and introduced a teacher who had volunteered to
> > > German free of charge (until she found another - paying - job it
> > > turned out). A mother raised her hand and asked: "Why German"? I
> thought that she might be Jewish and was referring to Germany's
> > > history, so I said something about German being one of the modern
> > > world's important languages and culturally and pedagogically
> > > significant, bla, bla. The came my cruncher though: And this
> > > teacher is Jewish! The mother stared at me in bewilderment. "So
> > > she said. "What I mean is: Who not Quechua?" (a native indigenous
> > > language, almost extinct.) Silence. Then I asked. "Do you know a
> > > Quechua teacher?" She didn't. "So we'll teach German," I
> > > Moral: It ain't so easy.
> Diana: Frank, it is fascinating to speculate on what you think this
> > signifies.
> F: Read, Diana, just read what I wrote. My post was in reference to
> what JoAnn wrote about teaching Native American, African etc stuff
> in schools. SO...what I think this story signifies is what I
> wrote: "IT AIN'T SO EASY." I put it in caps in case you need to
> upgrade your glasses.
> The mind boggles.
> Frank: Diana, your mind has been boggling ever since I've known you.
> Nothing new.
> D: The parent who questioned why German must
> > have been Jewish?
> F: In fact I wrote: "I thought that she *might* be Jewish and was
> referring to Germany's history,..." So why do you continuously
> misquote - at least me? The last time you said I agreed
> that "earthy" is racist, when I actually said the opposite. You
> apologized, I accepted...but here you go again. How about paying
> D: Hello?
> F: Hello? what?
> D: The "cruncher" was that the German teacher was
> > Jewish! How to fathom such a thing? I don't know how you make
> sense of
> > it all Frank, the world is just so complicated eh?
> F: The world is complicaed, yeah; the story isn't though if you'd
> use only an ounce of the neurons God gave you.
Au contraire, Monsieur Forgeron...it is quite clever in a nit-picky
sort of way... but hasn't a clue when it comes to nuance...as a
creature of will it has motives but probably without any insight into
them at all...so, it doesn't have a clue with respect to what
motivates you with regard to sharing an anecdote.
It would recognize that the world is complicated...but not
qualitatively nuanced...it has no appreciation of the quite human
situation in which you were in...don't you remember the story about
the kid in the Red Sox uniform?...it actually thought the story was
about it...you mention "neurons", it will assume you think that brain
and mind are the same thing.
Ok, maybe you don't want to be a mean fucker...then spoon feed it...in
this, Sardonicus will prove useless...G.