Can’t be arsed to be rational

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Michael Lewis, Professor of Art at Williams College claims in the Wall Street Journal that

It is often said that great achievement requires in one’s formative years two teachers: a stern taskmaster who teaches the rules and an inspirational guru who teaches one to break the rules. But they must come in that order. Childhood training in Bach can prepare one to play free jazz and ballet instruction can prepare one to be a modern dancer, but it does not work the other way around. One cannot be liberated from fetters one has never worn; all one can do is to make pastiches of the liberations of others.

Sometimes you want to give a really reasoned and rational response to things like this.

And sometimes you just want to say “bollocks”.

It’s funny how the only people that say these things are the people whose jobs and reputations depend on it being true…

One comment on “Can’t be arsed to be rational

  1. dmaxwell says:

    Sounds a bit like the old ‘freedom is slavery’ slogan to me.(And of course, ‘ignorance is strength’ could be said by some to epitomise the internet with its proliferation of invalidated ‘mis/information’…Can you tell I’m reading Keen’s Cult of the Amateur?!)

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