Spiro Agnew - The Generation Gap.
Sometimes it appears that we're reaching a period when our senses and our minds will no longer respond to moderate stimulation. We seem to be reaching
an age of the gross, persuasion through speeches and books is too often discarded for disruptive demonstrations aimed at bludgeoning the unconvinced into action. The young -
- and by this I'd don't mean any stretch of the imagination all the young, but I'm talking about those who claim to speak for the young--at the zenith
of physical power and sensitivity, overwhelm themselves with drugs and artificial stimulants.
Subtlety is lost, and fine distinctions based on acute reasoning are carelessly ignored in a headlong jump to a predetermined conclusion. Life is visceral rather than intel
lectual. And the most visceral practitioners of life are those who characterize themselves as intellectuals. Truth is to them revealed rather than log
ically proved. And the principal infatuations of today revolve around the social sciences, those subjects which can accommodate any opinion, and about
which the most reckless conjecture cannot be discredited. Education is being redefined at the demand of the uneducated to suit the ideas of the uneducated. The student now g
oes to college to proclaim, rather than to learn. The lessons of the past are ignored and obliterated, and a contemporary antagonism known as "The Generation Gap." A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete core of impudent snobs who characte
rize themselves as intellectuals.
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