I mention this because sometimes the professor, who had a particular interest in moral philosophy, would begin the class with something of a public service announcement. Not like the ones we hear today which are inevitably lawyer-driven attempts to propagandize us into doing whatever The State thinks we should be doing; no, au contraire, these announcements were actually by way of being a public service. I remember one occasion on which he said watch out for hard contact lenses, they can have side effects. I suppose this is no longer the case, but at the time I'm sure it was useful knowledge.
In the spirit of my long-ago philosophy professor, I would like to make three short public service announcements that may be worth taking into account.
- Fifty percent of the people you meet every day have--by definition--below average intelligence.
- According to some psychologists, one in every twenty-seven people you meet is a sociopath.
- Every institution, whether it be a school, university, corporation or, yes, government, acts so as to benefit itself--and not you.
Now let me see, what would be an appropriate piece of music...
Ok, two pieces of music. First, what we seem to amuse ourselves with:
And now what our hidebound, unenlightened, barbaric ancestors amused themselves with: