By George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was once a worldrenowned Irish writer. Born in Dublin, he moved to London while he grew to become twenty. Having rejected formal education, he trained himself by means of self sustaining examine within the analyzing room of the British Museum; he additionally started his profession there through writing novels for which he couldn't discover a writer. His first luck was once as a track and literary critic, yet he was once interested in drama and authored greater than sixty performs in the course of his profession. commonly his paintings is leavened via a pleasant vein of comedy, yet the vast majority of it bears earnest messages Shaw was hoping his audiences could include. He continues to be the one 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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We are to be cured by an excess of the dose that has poisoned us. Satan is to cast out Satan. com 42 A TREATISE ON PARENTS AND CHILDREN Under the Whip Clearly this will not do. We must reconcile education with liberty. We must find out some means of making men workers and, if need be, warriors, without making them slaves. We must cultivate the noble virtues that have their root in pride. Now no schoolmaster will teach these any more than a prison governor will teach his prisoners how to mutiny and escape.
In the few cases when the parties are energetic and determined, the child is crushed or the parent is reduced to a cipher, as the case may be. com 50 A TREATISE ON PARENTS AND CHILDREN forces are neither of them strong enough to annihilate the other, there is serious trouble: that is how we get those feuds between parent and child which recur to our memory so ironically when we hear people sentimentalizing about natural affection. We even get tragedies; for there is nothing so tragic to contemplate or so devastating to suffer as the oppression of will without conscience; and the whole tendency of our family and school system is to set the will of the parent and the school despot above conscience as something that must be deferred to abjectly and absolutely for its own sake.
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.