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On the Cultivation of One’s Voice Through Conventional Wisdom (In the Style of Jonathan Swift) Human beings truly are extraordinary in regards to our boundless absurdity. We are similar to other animals genetically to a prodigious 99%, and yet we have distinguished ourselves socially as a collective species through finding our own voice, in both oral speech and intellectual reasoning. As if this is not absurd enough, each one of us, furthermore, tries to find that one “voice” that is unique to him/herself, as if he/she has the admirable capacity to differentiate him/herself among the 7 billion inhabitants on a sphere of spacedust. We are no more than biological compositions fated to decay in a laughably short span of 100-year period, yet each one of us has the audacity to claim that he/she is “unique” in our 50,000-year history of human civilization. The much-coveted object that we proudly exalt as “own voice”, is something inconsequential and delusionary in this realistic sense. Therefore, it has come to my ultimate conclusion that in order to find a “voice” that can maximize the merits of our social lives as a whole, we ought to forfeit any preconceived notion of individuality, for us not to be led astray into absurdity. In other words, we should accept what conventional wisdom has to offer, fully rejoice in it, and never experiencing the need for finding our own voices. As for the future generation, we should stifle the individual voices of our children, and inject into them every tiny bit of conventional wisdom that we ourselves carry. This is because if we do not do so, then individual idealisms would lead to conflicts, and conflicts would lead to social instability, and eventually, chaos would pursue. Therefore, every one of us should value our conventional merits, without ever venturing out of the circle that marks what is socially acceptable. Allow me to express my philosophy in the words of ancient scholars, “we should be placid dogs in times of peace, and not violent humans in eras of turmoil”. We therefore see that
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finding one’s voice is simply impossible, so instead, we should abandon that ideal and move on with our effort to find that sole voice of conventional wisdom. Children under the age of 12 are most susceptible to the development of individuality. Therefore, it is important for us to suffocate the burgeoning tree of individuality before it grows too tall, blocking the sunlight to the more average trees. And as a first step to bring them closer to the voice of conventional wisdom, I suggest that we set up an institution that I would like to call “school”. The role of the school is very simple. It is to suffocate any individual talents that
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