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By George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was once a worldrenowned Irish writer. Born in Dublin, he moved to London whilst he became twenty. Having rejected formal education, he informed himself through self reliant examine within the analyzing room of the British Museum; he additionally all started his occupation there via writing novels for which he couldn't discover a writer. His first good fortune used to be as a tune and literary critic, yet he used to be interested in drama and authored greater than sixty performs in the course of his occupation. regularly his paintings is leavened by means of a pleasant vein of comedy, yet the majority of it bears earnest messages Shaw was hoping his audiences might embody. He continues to be the single individual to were provided either a Nobel Prize (1925) for his contribution to literature and an Oscar (1938) for Pygmalion. between his most famed works are: Candida (1894), palms and the fellow (1894) and guy and Superman (1902-03).

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At present the children of laborers are soon mobile and able to shift for themselves, whereas it is possible to find grown-up women in the rich classes who are actually afraid to take a walk in the streets unattended and unprotected. It is true that this is a superstition from the time when a retinue was part of the state of persons of quality, and the unattended person was supposed to be a common person of no quality, earning a living; but this has now become so absurd that children and young women are no longer told why they are forbidden to go about alone, and have to be persuaded that the streets are dangerous places, which of course they are; but people who are not educated to live dangerously have only half a life, and are more likely to die miserably after all than those who have taken all the common risks of freedom from their childhood onward as matters of course.

The astounding part of it was the manner in which the person to whom this outrage on decency seemed quite proper and natural claimed to be a functionary of high character, and had his claim allowed. com 43 A TREATISE ON PARENTS AND CHILDREN he would hardly have been allowed the privilege of committing suicide. What is to be said of a profession in which such obscenities are made points of honor, or of institutions in which they are an accepted part of the daily routine? Wholesome people would not argue about the taste of such nastinesses: they would spit them out; but we are tainted with flagellomania from our childhood.

Everyone who is conversant with the class in which child imprisonment and compulsory schooling is carried out to the final extremity of the university degree knows that its scholastic culture is a sham; that it knows little about literature or art and a great deal about point-to-point races; and that the village cobbler, who has never read a page of Plato, and is admittedly a dangerously ignorant man politically, is nevertheless a Socrates compared to the classically educated gentlemen who discuss politics in country houses at election time (and at no other time) after their day's earnest and skilful shooting.

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