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Train conversation

Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on March 30, 2009

On the train home from work this afternoon I found myself in a conversation with a school boy. He asked me a question, which I answered, and a conversation followed. He attended a private school, and he was in Grade 12 (so about 17 years old). He had heard of Paris Hilton, Ronald McDonald, and The Wiggles. He had never heard of Socrates, Dostoyevsky, or Che Guevara, and in truth was uninterested. Ok. What was he planning to do after Year 12? Go to university and study Law. Why? Because in his opinion that was the best avenue for him to make money. The rich and would-be rich have always been indifferent to the poor. I guess that is how they rationalise their privilege and extravagance (or aspiration to these things). The poor are anonymous and mean nothing to them. This kid  took it further though. The poor are to blame for being poor and so deserve to be poor.  Interestingly, this justifies the rich in doing nothing to help the poor or to contribute to a more equitable society. Why? Because the poor are to blame for being poor and so deserve to be poor! I wanted to tell the kid to f@#k off. His parents pay half my annual salary to send him to this private school for a year.Well they got some kind of value for money. Maybe. The world sure got none.


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  1. Paul said, on March 30, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Couldn’t agree more. There is a very nasty generation of private school kids being bred. It how the rich perpetuate themselves. Raise them as arseholes. The parents are probably happy about the return on their investment. a has just the right attitude to hold into the dough and increase it.

  2. Paul said, on March 30, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Woo! Typos! You can fix them if you feel like it by pushing edit comment. Or not, it doesn’t matter. I’m thirsty.

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