“Freedom of the mind requires not only, or not even specially, the absence of legal constraints but the presence of alternative thoughts. The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity but the one that removes the awareness of other possibilities.” – Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind
Last week began with an obsession over the McKinney Texas pool controversy. Lets start this week with a peripheral story: when high school principal Alberto Iber made an impolitic comment on a Miami Herald online story, public outrage and redress was swift and severe; he was removed from his job.
Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho explains why:
“Judgment is the currency of honesty. Insensitivity — intentional or perceived — is both unacceptable and inconsistent with our policies, but more importantly with our expectation of common sense behavior that elevates the dignity and humanity of all, beginning with children.”
First of all, “judgment is the currency of honesty.” Really? I would think that if honesty were to have a currency it would be “words” not “judgment.” Of course that only makes sense if words have meaning, which they no longer do. In fact, when the sin is “perceived insensitivity” not only do words no longer have meaning, they don’t even matter.
And does anyone else find it ironic that the agency (education) almost single-handedly responsible for removing the entire concept of “judgment” from the public forum and replacing it with “tolerance” now demands that we all exercise good judgment?
So I would advise that we all be vewy, vewy caweful with our words lest we say something that might result in “perceived insensitivity” in certain currencies. And be certain to remain vigilant: there will be counterfeits out there; currencies, philosophers and philosophies.
Cross-Posted on Patriot Action Network