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Liberal Education versus “Common Core”

“A mass culture is a culture which can be appropriated by the meanest capacities without any intellectual and moral effort whatsoever and at a very low monetary price.
Liberal education is the counterpoison to mass culture, to the corroding effects of mass culture, to its inherent tendency to produce nothing but “specialists without spirit or vision and voluptuaries without heart.”
Liberal education reminds those members of a mass democracy who have ears to hear, of human greatness.”
drops mic.
Leo Strauss, What is Liberal Education

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On the Prejudices of Philosophers

“So you want to live “according to nature?” Oh, you noble Stoics, what a fraud in this phrase!

[/]Imagine something like nature, profligate without measure, indifferent without measure, without purpose and regard, without mercy and justice, fertile and barren and uncertain at the same time, think of the indifference itself as power– how could you live according to this indifference?


[/]Living– isn’t that wanting specifically to be something other than this nature? Isn’t living assessing, preferring, being unfair, being limited, wanting to be different? And assuming your imperative to “live according to nature” basically amounts to “living according to life”– well how could you not? Why make a principle out of what you yourselves are and must be?–

[/]But in fact, something quite different is going on: while pretending with delight to read the canon of your law in nature, you want the opposite, you strange actors and self-deceivers! Your pride wants to dictate and annex your morals and ideals onto nature- yes, nature itself–, you demand that it be nature “according to Stoa” and you want to make all existence exist in your own image alone– as a huge eternal glorification and universalization of Stoicism!

[/]For all your love of truth, you have forced yourselves so long, so persistently, and with such hyptonic rigidity to have a false, namely Stoic, view of nature, that you can no longer see it any other way,– and some abysmal piece of arrogance finally gives you the madhouse hope that because you know how to tyrannize yourselves– Stoicism is self-tyranny-, nature lets itself be tyrannized as well: because isn’t the Stoic a piece of nature?

[/]…But this is an old, eternal story: what happened back then with the Stoics still happens today, just as soon as a philosophy begins believing in itself. It always creates the world in its own image, it cannot do otherwise; philosophy is this tyrannical drive itself, the most spiritual will to power, to the “creation of the world,” to the causa prima.”

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