Thursday 17 August 2017

First they came for your sunbeds

The developing gap between the religious importance of events like Communion and Confirmation and their growing commercial and secular importance is really only an indicator, for me, of the growing disconnection that is appearing between what values we hope the schools are teaching our children and what values we actually believe in and try to live by
The developing gap between the religious importance of events like Communion and Confirmation and their growing commercial and secular importance is really only an indicator, for me, of the growing disconnection that is appearing between what values we hope the schools are teaching our children and what values we actually believe in and try to live by
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

There was a time when anybody who argued that the Government and the various arms of the State were intent on turning every one of us into one docile, feeble-minded flock of sheep was dismissed as some sort of weird, American-y crackpot.

That can be attributed to a number of factors, not least of which is the profound Irish misunderstanding about what a democracy is and what it means to be free.

And, let's be honest – the Irish like rules. Forget the usual old guff about the Fightin' Irish or the infantile, romantic nonsense about us being an inherently rebellious people. In fact, it's a myth cheerfully propagated by a governing class which knows that, when push comes to shove, we will always look to our elders and betters and assume that they know what they are doing.

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