Why Literacy?

I like Undergrounders. Here’s one of the finest, Richard Mitchell, The Underground Grammarian.

Literacy is not a handy knack. It is a moral condition. The ability to read attentively, reflectively, and judiciously is equally the ability to be attentive, reflective, and judicious. For the sake of just and sane living, literacy is not an optional adornment. It is a necessity. It is the necessity. It is not a variety or portion of education. It is education. It is the whole thing, the wholesome nourishment of the mind, by which it may grow strong enough to be the master of the will and not its slave, the judge of desire and not its procurer, the censor of sentiment and not its tool, and the inquisitor of belief, and not its flack. It is our only path to whatever wisdom we can have, which is our only path to whatever goodness we can know, which is our only path to whatever happiness we can enjoy.

Richard Mitchell, Hunger in America

Update: I tried to locate a link to the full text of this brilliant essay, Hunger in America, but was unable. This small bit I hand-typed off a leaflet he printed and mailed out to subscribers in the 90’s. I may just start posting some of his essays here. Before his death he gave blanket permission to reprint or even plagiarize.

Posted by Dave

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4 Comments on “Why Literacy?”

  1. crankyyankee says:

    Dem, Dat, Dars, some good Reeds…………

    Why do you think all the world’s trash is being dumped at our door ?………… a non educated, compliant, malleable, new American citizen………………..

    Dave, an endangered species, soon to be Extinct.

    Why, Too much critical thinking………………………

    • Hi Jerry,

      If only we could get the world to dump their trash on Washington DC, maybe the politicians would leave there and stop bothering us. Or is that out-thinking the problem?

      Dave

      • crankyyankee says:

        The Trash is already infesting D.C.

        No Vacancy…………………………Three piece suits, not withstanding, Oh my, they are the problem.

      • crankyyankee says:

        Or those Pink or Lime green Pants suits………………………….

        Honorable mention to Baby Blue………………………….


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