Thursday, March 03, 2016

If I Was Diana Moon Glampers

I don't know how I missed this story last year, but it's great — a couple of philosophers did as philosophers do and took a line of thought to its logical conclusion. In this case, they examined the popular obsession with privilege and equality and suggested what it might take to make the ideal into reality. The media, of course, did as media do and selected the juiciest angle to hype out of context — "Academics say it's unfair to other kids if you read bedtime stories to yours!" That's only to be expected, unfortunately. I'm just glad that, finally, someone actually bothered to do more than parrot all the empty social justice rhetoric and actually draw some conclusions from it. Of course it would be philosophers. This is why philosophy is always important, kids, no matter what some philistine scientists try to say.

Alternatively, we could have all read Kurt Vonnegut's story Harrison Bergeron and learned the same lesson a long time ago, but there I go, being a crazy dreamer.