Mud­dled think­ing over ed­u­ca­tion and pa­tri­o­tism

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Get a grip ... the world is full of whingers. Find some­thing that really needs your help. The rein­deer look really well cared for. PJ O’Rourke, writer, The Prince Of Wales

Bernard Hin­ault, cy­clist - five-time win­ner of the Tour de France, Leti­tia Dean, ac­tress Adam Gilchrist, for­mer crick­eter, Faye Tozer, for­mer Steps singer, Rus­sell Tovey, ac­tor, IN Nick Martinek’s let­ter ‘Lessons in pa­tri­o­tism’ he man­ages to vi­o­late ra­tio­nal thought, lin­guis­tic and con­cep­tual anal­y­sis and to con­fuse fact and be­lief.

Barry Sheer­man, ap­par­ently, should be ‘ashamed of him­self’ be­cause he has claimed that bet­ter ed­u­cated peo­ple voted against Brexit. Mr Sheer­man sim­ply reg­is­tered the fact that sur­veys con­ducted found that the more ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions each per­son pos­sesses the more likely it is that he/she voted against leav­ing the EU.

This doesn’t prove Brexit is a mis­take but it should be at least food for thought.

Mr Martinek then man­gles two con­cepts: ed­u­ca­tion and pa­tri­o­tism.

Ed­u­ca­tion can be de­fined in a num­ber of ways but it has to be re­lated to ac­quir­ing an abil­ity to think ra­tio­nally.

The young, he in­forms us, should be ed­u­cated so as to be­come pa­tri­otic - they will then be more likely to ac­cept Brexit.

A dic­tio­nary def­i­ni­tion: ‘pa­tri­o­tism is a vig­or­ous sup­port of one’s coun­try.’ The more we study his­tory, the more we are likely to sus­pect pa­tri­o­tism and its ‘vig­or­ous sup­port.’

There is noth­ing ra­tio­nal in ev­ery na­tion vig­or­ously sup­port­ing its own ex­is­tence some coun­tries must be on the wrong path.

Is pa­tri­o­tism good for North Korea?

In­doc­tri­na­tion cre­ates pa­tri­o­tism, not ed­u­ca­tion.

Mr Martinek then of­fers the fol­low­ing: ‘cor­re­la­tion does not prove cau­sa­tion.’ Now, there is a cor­re­la­tion be­tween heavy cig­a­rette smok­ing and can­cer. The to­bacco com­pa­nies ar­gued for decades that the for­mer does not prove the lat­ter, but an ear­lier ac­cep­tance would have saved many lives.

‘Knowl­edge is power,’ Fran­cis Ba­con ar­gued. We can­not know the fu­ture but we can at­tempt to know some­thing about power and pol­i­tics.

The UK, whether we like it or not, is los­ing its sig­nif­i­cance in the world.

We have been in­flu­en­tial in the EU. We are Euro­pean. We are tied to Eu­rope, his­tor­i­cally, cul­tur­ally and fi­nan­cially. Ev­ery coun­try on the planet is dic­tated to or in­flu­enced by the US, China, Rus­sia or the EU.

The US is rich in pa­tri­o­tism, cer­tainly, and Rus­sia and China are try­ing to catch up. Plenty of ‘vig­or­ous sup­port’ there.

But how much for the UK? GREENS (Ex­am­iner, Sat­ur­day Novem­ber 11, Page 8) are crit­i­cal of the use of fos­sil fu­els.

In the same is­sue (Page 19) for­mer min­ers watch­ing the de­mo­li­tion of Kelling­ley Col­liery were heart­bro­ken.

I would like to point out it was fos­sil fuel, and mem­bers of my own fam­ily, who helped save Britain in two world wars by pro­duc­ing coal (fos­sil fuel) to keep the war ef­fort go­ing.

Thus sav­ing the free­dom which these “Greens” now en­joy.

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