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To: RobbyS; LibreOuMort
You'll get no disagreement here.

But you raise a point that suddenly concerns me. When I grew up, American culture was generally considered (I think) to be one of reason (coupled with faith, etc.). Now we might not all reason our way to the same point and we certainly didn't (we didn't always have the same starting points) but reason was a significant part of the culture.

But in recent years I am seeing more and more Americans who act as if they lack a certain rational faculty. And the unhinged Hate Bush Syndrome is only the tip of the iceberg. I am beginning to suspect that reason is something in which we must be trained, and schools today are (generally? sometimes?) failing in this regard.

My concern is amplified by a dinner this evening with a friend who is a missionary elsewhere in the world (when he leaves in a few days he's likely never returning; he is old enough that I might never see him again) -- where he is, he says, many know and can quote the Bible scripture and verse, but they frequently cannot reach from there to application, and the horror stories abound. (So do the success stories, but that's another matter.)

Is this where the U.S. is headed?

6 posted on 01/22/2007 11:14:26 PM PST by sionnsar (†trad-anglican.faithweb.com†|Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: sionnsar
...reason is something in which we must be trained, and schools today are (generally? sometimes?) failing in this regard.

Yes, unionized government schools are failing in this regard. If Jay Leno did a "Man on the Street" segment at high schools, you'd be livid. I keep trying to expose folks here to The Frankfurt School of the mid-1900's and its (successful) plan to use public education to achieve its social goals.

7 posted on 01/23/2007 7:31:49 AM PST by polymuser (There is one war and one enemy.)
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