Re: Bye-Bye to the >H Right Wing

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Thu Feb 07 2002 - 00:04:46 MST

Olga Bourlin wrote:

> From: "Samantha Atkins" <>
>>Olga Bourlin wrote:
>>>valued at all (no matter how hard they work - and by "work" I mean doing
>>>something that takes away from one's leisure and personal time). That
> some
>>This is a rather cynical view of work, isn't it? While I have
>>been fortunate enough to meet a few people in my time that I
>>consider significantly brighter than I, I was bright enough in
>>school (I suspect many here were) to understand "effortlessly"
>>things that most had to struggle mightily with. I used to feel
>>guilty for getting the A while others worked many, many times
>>harder to eek out a C. But does that mean the system was unjust
>>or simply that we are not all born or nurtured or somehow
>>[randomly] meta-programmed equally?
> Sorry I don't have time to answer responses adequately, although one
> (Samantha's) above perplexes me. I was talking about "work" (as in making
> a living) v. leisure and personal time (as in reading, traveling, cooking,
> raising orchids, or whatever ...). I'm not certain how eeking good grades
> in school came into play. (My idea of school is that it's a perpetual
> vacation - what could possibly be more fun? To me, the most decadent life
> imaginable would be to live as an intellectual.)

Then I am afraid that I am at a loss to get a handle on what you
really mean by "work", "living", "school" or your understanding
of what an intellectual does and does not do or of the effort
required. I get the impression that you have a rather, well
classical Marxist view of work being that which is imposed on
one by others and any life other than such effort being one of
"decadence". But that can't be right.

The original subject was notions of social justice in some
getting more rewards than others from which the mundane example
of brighter or more scholastically able kids being treated
better and getting more goodies than others was thrown in as
possibly illustrative. You seem to have been derailed by it
though so I guess it didn't work for the subject at hand.

- samantha

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