Sycophantic Technology

All parents will say, if asked, that they are bringing up their children to become good citizens. In many cases it appears that the parents’ idea of a good citizen is by no means someone who treats all his fellow-citizens with consideration and humanity; for how else do children grow up to display hatred and contempt for random strangers with the wrong characteristics? They must have learned this by imitation. How then, are they brought up to behave towards those of whom their parents approve? This is clearly a quite different situation. The interests of their parents are clearly in maintaining good relations with their social allies, and many children are therefore trained to suck up to these. That is where conventional moral education stops.

Posted on January 8, 2010 at 11:17 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink

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