Ruminations of a Remembrancer: A Curmudgeonly Pontification on Editors and Self-Promotion

Lorinda J. Taylor goes into battle against editors and other things that annoy her. 😀

Ruminations of a Remembrancer: A Curmudgeonly Pontification on Editors and Self-Promotion.

What’s wrong with this picture?

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I really despair for a nation when its youth shows a clear lack of interest in bettering themselves. Yesterday I took a look at a series of one star reviews by teenagers for books which their schools require them to read such as The Epic of Gilgamesh, Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Virgil’s The Aeneid, Homer’s The Iliad and many more. In this particular instance the nation in question is the United States of America. While I smiled at what was written there, its no laughing matter. To me it shows that something is seriously wrong in Western society today.

I’m not saying that all young American’s are illiterate by any means. But when many other country’s children cry out for education, devouring everything they are taught, why is it that the same can’t be said for some Western nations, particularly those deemed to be leaders? We should be setting an example, not showing clear evidence of decline!

Here in the UK a large percentage of our own youth show the same lack of enthusiasm for education, preferring their smartphones and the inevitable shorthand version of our language such as LOL instead of laugh out loud, along with spending hours playing games, either on their iphones, Tablets, Laptops or game consoles.

What happened to reading books? Playing computer games and using an incorrect abbreviated version of your language won’t educate you!!!

Being able to count, add, subtract, multiply and divide, along with reading and writing are just some of the fundamentals that every human being has the right to be able to master. In particular if you want a job, demonstrating your lack of education by being illiterate and inarticulate will ensure that you remain unemployed and a drain on your country.

When I was a callow youth, I was always useless at mathematics. Only three subjects ever mattered to me during my education, literature, geography and history. I spent every spare moment I had reading. Anyone can learn so much from great works of ancient literature like the Aeneid and The Illiad and more modern works such as the complete works of William Shakespeare, or from nineteenth and twentieth century writers.

Hells teeth! When a teenager believes that a book written by one of his or her fellow countrymen (in this case F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby, written in 1925) is a Victorian novel, what hope is there for the world especially when that child’s nation is a super power with weapons of mass destruction?

I’ve just finished reading the maxims written down over four thousand five hundred years ago by Ptah-Hotep the Egyptian seer. I wonder what those same moronic individuals would have to say about that if it was part of the required reading lists in high schools?

I hate to think…