Monday, November 5, 2007

Vulgar Language

It is everywhere. Even educated people go about using the "F" word. It is beyond my comprehension. Anyone who reads should have more of a vocabulary.

Also from the NOR, an article about biotechnology and human alienation. To quote:
Modern alienation is best visible among the current dominant generation whom popular journalist David Brooks defined as "bohemian bourgeois," or "bobos." Lawler generally supports Brooks's ideas, and notes that these people have many good traits: hard work, responsibility, opposition to cruelty, and so on, but a few fatal flaws stemming from the radically democratic culture in which they live. The bobos are atomized, radical individuals with few interests beyond their own comfort, and few social contacts beyond their narrow circles. They lack courage, civic duty, and compassion toward those who do not work as hard as they do. They are full of "spirituality," but hostile to religion -- particularly the notion that God might place any restrictions or restraints on their much-loved freedom and comfort. In particular, they are militantly "non-judgmental" on any moral actions (beyond some selected health-related ones -- smoking is a grievous fault, though sodomy is not), and deeply suspicious of people who are. The problem is that such behavior, with its roots in 1960s-era selfishness, shorn of its communitarian ideas, does seem to be able to produce social stability and economic prosperity. Yet the bobos are alienated and haunted by death, though they have lost the ability to admit it.
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2 comments:

de Brantigny said...

Here is a funny yet appropriate remark. The inmates here on my case load refer to the state suppied cheap gym shoes they are given as "bobos". Quite a coincidence , no.

de Brantigny

elena maria vidal said...

What a coincidence indeed.