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5pm Sunday, August 20, 27, September 3, 10, 17, 24.

The CineForum, 463 Bathurst, Toronto, Ca., M5T 2S9. 416-603-6643

In THE COLA CONQUEST (1998) the spokesman for Coca-Cola states, “We have not achieved the success in Europe we have achieved in America because in Europe we have yet to crack the family. People still think it is right to eat at home.”

American commerce has fractured the family in The United States and in Canada. They are doing their best to fracture it in the rest of the planet. The family is fractured by destroying the father. This is why there is on ongoing attack on the male. This is the real reason we are experiencing male violence. There was a time when young men did not leave home until they got married. Their income went towards the family. Today if the young (both sexes) do not leave home by the time they are 18 there is thought to be something wrong with that family. There is nothing wrong with that family.

A young man from whom I bought a hot dog on the street on a Friday night said to me of the teeming hordes passing by, “These people are crazy.” I said, “Yes, I know but what makes you say that?” He replied, “They are pissing away their money. My money is going to my family. They will help me buy a house when I get married.” I said, “You must be a Moslem.” He said, “How can you tell?” I replied, “Only in Islam is the family still strong.”

Note: I am not saying become a Moslem. I am saying family comes first. When it does not everything collapses.

“Most teachers say you should go to school to get your degree to have something to fall back on. Aside from being a huge lie, that also creates a very high level of mediocrity, because nobody who really believes that is going to take the leap of faith required to be a serious artist. Stay out of school.”–Ellis Marsalis to his sons Branford, Delfeayo and Wynton.

“Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education,” adds Bertrand Russell.

“School is an institution built on the axiom that learning is the result of teaching. And institutional wisdom continues to accept this axiom, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary,”–Ivan Illich.

“We get three educations. The first is from our parents; the second is from our schoolmasters. The third is from life. The last makes liars of the first two.”–Montesquieu.

“I had wonderful teachers in the first and second grades who taught me everything I know. After that, I’m afraid, the teachers were nice, but they were dopes…I have a lack of ideology, and not because I have an animus against any particular ideology; it’s just that they don’t make sense to me…they get in the way of thinking. I don’t see what use they are…University and uniformity, as ideals, have subtly influenced how people thought about education, politics, economics, government, everything…We are misled by universities and other intellectual institutions to believe that there are separate fields of knowledge. But it’s clear there are no separate fields of knowledge. It is a seamless web.”-Jane Jacobs, author of THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES

Like the belief of the terminally ill in medicine the belief of the legitimately frightened in the educational process is a comforting lie.  Where in the wide history of the world do we find art created by the excessively wealthy, powerful, or educated? The American educational process prepares those with second-rate intellects to thrive in a bureaucratic environment. Obedience, rote memorization, and neatness are enshrined as intellectual achievements.

“Any system built on belief functions through the operations of guilt and hypocrisy. Such a system, whether of acting training, meditation self improvement etc., functions as a Pseudoreligjon and is predicated on the individual’s knowledge of his or her own worthlessness. The system holds itself out as the alleviator, cleanser, and redeemer of the guilty individual. Now none of us is free of self doubt, and none of us is free of guilt. We all have thoughts, feelings, episodes, and tendencies which we would rather did not exist. A guilt-based system survives through the support of adherents who were guilty before they signed up. who came to classes and failed (how could they do otherwise, as the training was nonsense), and were then informed that their feelings of shame which they brought in with them—were due to their failure in class, and could be alleviated if and only if the student worked harder, “believed” more.

“You will encounter in your travels folks of your own age who chose the institutional path, who became administrators rather than doers. These folks chose to serve an institutional authority in exchange for a paycheck, and these folks are going to be with you for the rest of your life, and you who come up off the street, who live without certainty day to day and year to year are going to have to bear with being called children by these institutional types; you will, as Shakespeare tells us, endure ‘the spurns that patient merit of the unworthy takes.’ “It is not childish to live with uncertainty, to devote oneself to an idea rather than an institution. It’s courageous and requires a courage of the order that the institutionally co-opted are ill equipped to perceive. They are so unequipped to perceive it that they can only call it childish, and so excuse their exploitation of you.”– David Mamet, TRUE AND FALSE. (Edited)

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