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Comment 17 by VrijVlinder :

Teachers should not pass on their own indoctrination. Is atheism an indoctrination? It is anti-indoctrination. Pro-information. So teach about everything properly without personal bias. This is wishful thinking because we can talk about teaching about gods or not however, but not teaching about the lack of gods.

Indoctrination is an ipso facto of societies everywhere. Getting human brains to be aware they are in a world fed by bullshit, pretending to wise them up, is perhaps the trickiest teaching educators everywhere have, if they are even aware of it themselves. Add to this the fact that most systems have in built protections against such liberation and it is easy to see why so many of us fall foul of whatever power conspires to preoccupy the rank and file with. It truly does beg the question,

"Why do the most powerful amongst us, with easy access to all information, insist upon such heavy investments in what they know to be many myths, the world over?"

I don't for a second think this some sincere gesture and I don't for a second think it's because they believe what they promote to the masses. I think the powerful are far more motivated to sustain a preoccupation with whatever went before - period. Change is far too risky a variable over controls already secured. I think there a "school of power" that sets "population interests" in much the same way markets attempt with various commodities. Essentially damage limitations of whatever is already secured. Liberating the average Joe is not on any power agenda per se. Quite the reverse I suspect. The average Joe is doomed to be cut out of upper class dialogue, which I think we all know any how. Token gestures will of course conspire to refute such notions.

Tue, 17 Jul 2012 04:13:02 UTC | #949376