Delodephius wrote:I hold to a belief that even though people should be allowed to do what they want they are just too unintelligent to always do things that will make the society prosper, therefore can they be trusted to do things they want and not told what to do?
Delodephius wrote:What have we been programmed from childhood is also very important. I don't like hard work but I love it. It's contradictory, but since as far as I can remember I have been taught that the harder something is the more its value is. Therefore doing something hard is better on by itself. One should suffer in life if he/she wants to live a good life, regardless of the rewards of his labour.
Delodephius wrote:If a language seems hard let's learn one that is easier. For and English speaker that would be Spanish or French (just counting those more international ones and which the bulk of the Anglophone population is familiar with). People prefer what seems easier to them over what seems more complex, from the starting point of their own language(s).
I personally don't care much about languages that are popular, I'm actually interested in being a scholar of Antiquity and Medieval studies. I have little interest in modern languages, only as the means to read studies about old languages and history.
From what you've said about hard work and being forced to do things that are hard even though you have no interest in them, you want us to be forced learn about YOUR interests, specifically Medieval and Antiquity studies?
My town, composed of 60,000 people, has roughly 4200 people who speak only Spanish. Obviously, it would not make much sense for me to learn Uzbek, Zulu, or Mongolian.
Since when is "making society prosper" the highest good imaginable?
But enduring suffering just to prove you can endure suffering is mental.
Why can't he learn four languages which are more useful to him and achieve the same results?Delodephius wrote:Why not? After you have done learning these four languages maybe some good will come from them, who knows, maybe not but that is irrelevant. At least you can take pride in knowing four more languages.
You're missing the point. We think allowing individuals to pursue their own goals will be better for them and thus everyone else in the long run. Certainly better than more or less arbitrary goals dictated by some higher authority.Well I can't imagine any higher goods. Making the life better for everyone is more important than for yourself.
Or he could learn them in the first place and avoid wasting his time.Delodephius wrote:Well then he can learn those other useful languages besides these four.
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