Peinture © Fadi Karlitch 2012
The awe excerpts
“We have an absolutely extraordinary attitude in our culture to the new member in human society. Instead of saying frankly to children: “How do you do? Welcome to the human race. We are playing a game, and we are playing by the following rules: We want to tell you what the rules are, so that you know your way around, and when you’ve understood what rules we are playing by, when you get older you may be able to invent better ones.”
But instead of that, we still retain an attitude to the child that he is on probation, that he is not really a human being, he is a candidate for humanity.
And therefore, to preserve the role of parent and of teacher, you have to do what they do, for instance, in dancing schools, which is that they string you out, they don’t tell you all the story about dancing, because if they tell you, you will learn in a few weeks and go away. And you know it. But instead, they want to keep you on. And in just this way, we have a whole system of preparation of the child for life, which always is preparation, and never actually gets there. In other words, we have a system of schooling which starts with grades, and we get this little creature into the thing with the kinda “come on kiti kiti kiti”, and we get it always preparing for something that’s going to happen.
So you go to nursery school as preparation for kindergarten, you go to kindergarten as preparation for first grade, and then you go up the grades till you get to high school, and then comes a time when – maybe if we can get you fascinated enough for the system – you go to college. And then, when you go to college, if you’re smart, you get into the graduate school and stay a perpetual student, and go back to be a professor in this go round and round in the system. But in the ordinary way, they don’t encourage quite that. They want you, after graduation commencement as it’s called, beginning to get out into the world, with a capital W.
And so, you know, you’ve been trained for this and now you’ve arrived. But when you get out into the World, it’s your first sales meeting, and they’ve got the same thing going again, because they want you to make that quota, and if you do make it, they give you a higher quota… And come along about forty five years of age and maybe you are vice-president.
And, suddenly, it dawns on you that you’ve arrived… with a certain sense in having been cheated, because life feels the same as it always felt, and you are conditioned to be in desperate need of the future.
So the final goal that this culture prepares for us is called: Retirement.
When you’ll be a senior citizen and you’ll have the wealth and the leisure to do what you’ve always wanted, but you will, at the same time, have Impotence, Rotten prostate, False teeth and No energy…
So, all the whole thing, from beginning to end, is a hoax.”
A. W. W.
(transcription by J. K.)