The Mess in Libya
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  • Mark Michael

    Walter, you say education is the long-term is the best hope for the evolving of a better Libya. You’ve heard the saying, “If you educate a scoundrel, you just have a more dangerous scoundrel!” Education is a neutral term. It all depends on what you teach the person. I’d further suggest that what modern “progressives” typically teach in our colleges & universities does little or nothing to foster moral and ethical behavior in their students’ daily lives.

    How about the idea that every traditional religion, East or West, has the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!” as the foundation of its code of personal ethics. It is the underlying principle of British common law, which we Americans adopted as we set up our Republic. Laws the treat everyone as equals before the law, are more likely to promote peace, happiness, and general well-being.

    The morality of the common man is critical. Not how much he knows about Einstein’s laws of relativity or higher mathematics. Or English, or even history so much, altho a case can be made for the proper teaching of history (of course).

    In the 19th Century, American elite took it for granted that ethics and high moral behavior needed to be taught to the citizenry if we were to retain a decent democratic Republic. Ohio University in Athens, OH, has a slogan stating that engraved on its main administration building. I don’t recall the exact wording at this moment. But the 1787 Northwest Ordinance had this in it:

    “Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”

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