Sunday, September 02, 2012

Virtue in All American ignorance?

I have someone I know, who I won't describe too closely because it would be very easy to identify him, who once, in a conversation, went on about how he was an all American kid who didn't get involved or interested in politics until he got to college, but then when he did he became a radical---with the subtext being that he was more authentic or real than those people who were punks or otherwise anti-authoritarian before going to university. When I heard that, what went through my mind wasn't that he was somehow a great representative of American political culture, but "Really? It took you until you that long, until you got into college, to be aware that there are parts of our society that suck?"
That's a sign of ignorance to me, not something to be celebrated.

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