What is with all this anti-intellectual sentiment lately? Honestly, do we prefer to be led by idiots?
I hear it all the time. Even my daughter, attending closing ceremonies in the Peace Corps was told it's best not to get a PhD. Esp. not to go to a university like Harvard. Or Yale. Oh, God forbid if you go to the best universities in this country.
(I am not saying that simply attending these universities is enough . . . After all, there are a few legacies . . . )
But people do seem to ask -- why seek out the best education? ( Why bother to rise to the top of your law school class? Esp. if you want to lead this country? ) I mean, honestly, why challenge yourself to be a real thinker? Better to be one of "the people."
Better to be like the rhinos in Ionesco's play Rhinoceros - a play about the birth of Nazi-ism, fascism, nationalism . . . in which everyone is taken over by the urge to become a rhino . . . It's an amazing play and film-- and unforgettable.
Oh, let's just be rhinoceri . . .
AWP in Minneapolis, and recommended reading
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