on required readings and eternal things

Intellectuals in the West have long had an affinity for what C. S. Lewis referred to as “chronological snobbery,” the unreflective assumption that what is more recent and modern must be better than what went before. Our entertainment driven culture takes it the next step by forgetting most anything more than a few months in the past.

But it will be those in touch with the reality of the world as it is and has always been who will thrive regardless of circumstances in which they find themselves. Rudyard Kipling’s poem “The Gods of the Copybook Headings” should be required reading along with Postman’s book, I think.

Let the one who has ears to hear, hear.

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