Which of these two educational philosophies do you prefer?
I'm a fan of the latter as creativity is, in my humble opinion, an essential part of education.
Some describe this as having fewer than 100 things so, apart from clothing, I'm a minimalist. I need the clothes for when I work, but my daily clothes are shorts and T shirts.
I own my computers, tablets, and phones, but I bought them for my needs rather the victim of advertisers.
I have 3 TVs, one for the kids, one for Charlie's computer, and a free one for me that I hardly turn on.
We also have a computer monitor, but that's Michelle's, not mine.
I own 3 laptops, but that's one each for the kids, and a very simple one for me.
I've cut my water bill a little, but my electricity bill is now half of what it was every month in 2020.
I wear old shirts until they're useless, but only in the house for the shagged ones, of course.
If I never worked, I'd own 2 pairs of shorts for going out, 2 crappy ones for the house, a few singlets, and a small pile of T shirts.
Most posters here live in the UK, and we are fortunate to live in a democratic country. Indeed, we can be proud that we are (after Ancient Greece) the birthplace of modern democracy. Our Parliament is not called the "Mother of Parliaments" for nothing. Democracy is, as Abraham Lincoln said in his famous Gettysburg address, "government of the people, by the people, for the people", and it shall not perish from the earth, unless I perish myself, fighting for it.
But the price of freedom is eternal vigilence! Democracy has always, and will always, have its Enemies, even though they may change in nature over time. And some of them pop up on the Internet!
I would like to list a few here.
* Communism. Obviously, in the Cold War, people thought that this was the major enemy of democracy, and they were right at that time. Classical Communism collapsed in 1990-92, because it doesn't work, even in terms of giving people bread, albeit that they are not free. But anyone who thinks that Communism is dead needs to wake up and smell the coffee! China is still Communist. Yes they have jettisoned a lot of the socialistic elements of classical Communism. But they still call themselves Communist. And China is the second major world power today, which will probably overtake the declining USA this century. Then there is North Korea, a classical Communist state, most of the people there outside the capital are destitute but it is nevertheless capable of starting WW3!
* Islamism. I'm not talking here about the personal faith of millions of Muslims. But there is a doctrine that Islam is a political, as well as a religious, movement, and its goal is to "rule the world". It believes in theocracy and is therefore inimicably hostile to democracy. I recall that in the 2005 general election, candidates of the Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem parties in my area received death threats from Islamists, leading them to publish a joint statement defending Democracy. I have also seen a sticker in a phone booth saying "Voting is haram" (meaning unclean in Arabic).
* MAGA-ism. We all know about the disgraceful events of 6th January, when a mob wearing MAGA caps stormed the US Capitol building in an attempt to overturn the result of the democratic election of Joe Biden as US President. Five people lost their lives, including a cop who died defending the US constitution. RIP. But it goes deeper than that. Before all this, I have seen far-right posters on the Internet say that "America is not a democracy, it is a Republic" (as if there is some contradiction between the two, but maybe they'd like to go and live in China, that's a Republic, so it might suit them.)
* PIRA-ism. Fortunately this is a dying breed, but I've seen it give the occasional death rattle on the Internet. This doctrine holds that the view of the majority of people in Northern Ireland, as expressed peacefully through the ballot box, that they wish to remain part of the UK, is of no account and must be ignored, and the area must be annexed to the Irish Republic, by violent means. Unfortunately many innocent people have died as a result of this doctrine.
* The Far Right. You don't hear so much about this, but it is still around, and in some European countries, it has the ascendancy. It has been re-born due to a resentment (perhaps partially justified) about the flood of refugees into Europe. However it often spills out into outright racism and anti-semitism. There was a poster a while back on Tiscali, who said he wanted to establish a "right-wing dictatorship" in Britain.
So these are some of the enemies of democracy. Anyone who supports democracy, needs to be aware of these threats and be prepared to fight them. If you do, there will be at least one person standing by you until I fall, myself.
Another Forkers Post that I Liked:
To Think Such Miracles Have Been Possible!