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Reading Comprehension is a chore for some people... - Elf M. Sternberg
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Reading Comprehension is a chore for some people...
So, I'm riding the SLUT (South Lake Union Trolley), and this woman looks right at me and says, "I don't like your t-shirt."

I look down at my shirt. It reads, "Knowledge is power. Power Corrupts. Study Hard. BE EVIL." I looked back up at her. "Why not?" I said.

"It says that smart people ought to crush the little people."

Now, I'm not sure why little people are supposed to be dumb. Or why smart people are supposed to have the power to crush those who oppose us. I said, "That's not what it means. It's a syllogism. A logical argument. We teach kids both of these things. If they're both true, then 'being evil' is the logical outcome of studying."

"Well, I don't like it," she said, and turned her back on me.

Well, at least I had a charming conversation with a very young boy on the train who wanted to show me his new Monopoly set.
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shunra From: shunra Date: July 17th, 2013 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Interesting how she aligned herself with "not smart"

She seems to have neatly aligned "smart" with "evil" - no wonder she'd want to back away from that.
autopope From: autopope Date: July 17th, 2013 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I bet she believes the people in TV serials are real, too.

(Some people cannot handle statements that are not simple descriptions of reality. Or humour. In my experience they often turn out to be religious fundamentalists, too: "if it says something in this book, then it must be literally true!")

Edited at 2013-07-17 09:27 am (UTC)
shockwave77598 From: shockwave77598 Date: July 17th, 2013 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
"And when you learn to read, and end up somehow picking out my clothes for me, then I'll give an owl's piss what you think, maam."
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