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(And no images for this post, text wall about many things that also are not!)

Ah, to write! Who doesn’t love to write? Way back in the old days, that would mean get a quill, an inkwell, a parchment and hope to God you could write before sunset, otherwise you’d have to write using candles. Prior to the invention of eyeglasses (or the proper knowledge to fabricate them, since they seem to exist since circa 500 BC), you’d have to be lucky to write a lot without losing a good part of your eyesight (if you had a perfect one to start with, that is). I can only imagine how it must have been to write like that. In fact, I think I can’t at all because, since I was but a little child, I hated to write. Typing’s different, though: Love it. I can type without getting tired at all for ludicrously long periods of time, and that’s probably normal nowadays, specially with the rapid increase of computers and the more-than-fast widespread of the internet.

Alas, I’m missing my point.
And, at the same time, I am not!

After this entire off-topic and, sadly, gibberish-intro, one wouldn’t be able to realize that this is exactly one of the main problems of people who, like me, absolutely love to write (or type, if you want, but I’m a neological person, and this applies to meaning as well), but have no focus at all.

Actually, we do! But it’s far too diverse, being therefore viewed upon as laziness, since you don’t get to write what it is that you want. A bunch of content, without focus, is nothing but information. However, as already said in here (or so I trust), information is always something to cherish and uphold!

Admire information, love it, hug it closely to your bosom, kiss it, take it to dinner, make protected, safe and wild sex with it, information is simply the best thing in the whole world! Knowledge is power, as it is rightfully told, and of my favorite quotes of all time comes from one of my fondest and most intelligent idols, Oscar Wilde: “Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.“. Here is a man from whom you can learn many, many great things, but don’t overlook others such as Machiavelli, Socrates, Plato or Dante.

Ah, where was I? Yes, yes, information. Although quite lovely itself, one must never forget that laziness is equally amazing! No, don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean that awful type that makes you oh so unproductive, striking you down just when you are about to start on your new hit-series book and ready to embark on the eventful and amazing journey that it is to be a famous book writer in your teen years, after writing the many volumes of your literary masterpiece! Yeah, right. But I’ll blabber about that type of writer another day.

And when I say laziness, I mean the cozy and socially acceptable kind, where you just lose yourself in a world of blankets during a cold winter day, just resting and relaxing, enjoying the huge pleasure that it is to do nothing all day long. I miss those days already. The thing is, whenever I enter in one of those states, I just can’t seem to get out. Ever. And I’m pretty sure almost no one can, which is, in the very least, pitiful.

Admittedly, though, nothingness can only entertain one for so long, and soon boredom becomes our worst rival, a true arch-enemy! How amazing it is that most of us, during our short life spawn, are never satisfied with things and, when everything settles down and becomes routine, we need to do something else, unless we want to become madmen. When we do find an exciting activity to keep us busy for a good amount of time, it could quickly become too tiresome for our poor minds and bodies, which barely got out of an uneventful and peaceful life.I find it rather funny how we can never settle down for just the small things (or we can, and are rapidly labeled as complacent, or just lazy), but I also find it rather amusing. If not for this recklessness and brilliance of ours (often aided by a very short amount of time), I wouldn’t be able to write this bunch of nonsense for you, dear reader.

Albeit asking for too much, I’d also love it if at least I could just settle down for some moments and write about one specific thing at a time, without worrying too much about others. But another topic comes up right away, more news, more information to be held.

Again, I must say that this entire laziness business is just a poor man’s excuse for me to not start writing a book (again, for the third time—but I lost the files for the other two accidentally, so don’t blame me!), and that I should just metaphorically—or literally—slap my face and get started on it. Only after I finish writing all the ideas I had, just now, for this another sad excuse of a blog.

Asking myself why everything had to start with that letter,
Arthur Müller. 

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Oh that poor, poor man's ears! Now he needs to hurt his friend!!

You know what? I know I already ranted about this, in general, on a previous post, but today, today things went a little too far. Now, I’m usually a very calm and centered person, those unlucky enough to know me can vouch for it. But every once in awhile, as an inhabitant of Brazil, I see some things that really bother me. I mean, more than usual.

I’d love to be talking about things that are already trivial to me and pretty much any other Brazilian (sadly), such as an evaluation on our faulty education system, security issues, awful politicians, infra-structure problems and so on. Granted, it’s like that (though to a much smaller degree) in most countries, it’s just “hidden” in a better way.

No, I shall talk about something that spoiled my day and made me realize how lost we are, in the near future, if no action is taken.

This:

"Collection: Living, learning. - For a better life", used with 5th to 9th middle graders.

Firstly, let’s take this down by parts. This, if some of you know nothing about Brazil and/or Brazilian Portuguese, is the cover of an educational book, already translated up there. Doesn’t seem like much a big of a deal to some, sure, but it teaches something that looks almost fundamental: language is a living being, always changing and adapting itself when need arises. Yes, that’s correct.

Then again, it also says that, and I quote:

“You may be wondering, ‘But can I say “them books“?‘. Sure you can. But stay tuned because, depending on the situation, you run the risk of suffering language discrimination.”.

Ugh.

One could think I’m overreacting about this, but I most certainly am not. Most grammar books state that, although there is a colloquial aspect to all languages (the so called “slangs”), everyone should be wary of the correct form, study, learn it and use that, to write and speak. Yes, this sentence will be “fixed” in newer editions, but the mistake was already made. Once your country’s Ministry of Education and Culture authorizes such atrocity, it opens an entire array of precedents to future errors. Yes, errors.

Let’s say you talk like a “regular person”, using slangs here and there. I see no problems whatsoever, that’s quite common! Now, if you speak in a wrong, blatantly absurd way, because  you have no education level whatsoever (someone probably pulled your ear by now, and if not, I can’t let it slide), no worries, I can ignore it a bit and give you some fair warnings on language. For instance, if you say “I runned“. Some children tend to speak like this in English, usually due to their Latin creation, but one can speak like that without any Latin-derived heritage. As long as that’s corrected, I see no issues, honestly! Just don’t say “aw it’s cute for a kid to talk like that” instead of correcting him/her, please.

But if it was because you were actually taught that speaking like this is OK, or if you know you’re wrong and keep speaking “profanities” because “It’s okay.”, bear in mind that, with all due respect:
I shall discriminate the flying, flamboyant and flaming fuck out of you.

Our education in a couple of generations.

This is but one of the reasons our education system is so flawed. Again, granted, the book uses this as a simple example, saying that if you speak it wrongly, it’s OK, but you have to write things properly. We all know that he/she who speaks poorly, writes poorly, so when you tell a child that it’s OK for him/her to talk in any way he/she sees fitting, it “kinda” becomes a big deal.

In theory, a student just wants to –rather, should want to– learn what a teacher knows. If both are provided with tendentious materials, pointing that both uses are correct, the teacher will merely try to “impose” the correct way of using your theoretical knowledge, like on Grammar Lessons. The student, however, will quickly learn to use it on essays and so on, specially at a young age. Meaning they’ll grow to understand that this, although “wrong by the rules”, it’s even nice to use. I mean, everyone speaks like that, why not write like that too? Educators (and by this, I mean the ones in charge of releasing such books, who we dare to also refer to as “Educators”) tend to, more often than not, misjudge and underestimate a child’s mental capacities. They absorb too much info on early ages, and that’s something to be looked at with caution, not only in an academic environment, but other places as well, specially at home.

But they’re kids, it won’t be that bad for them to speak badly, will it!?

… Will it?

(I own none of the images above)

Time to hit those showers (during the cold oh God),

Arthur Müller.

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