The magic of ignorance - English a false prophet.

R. A. Stegemann moogoonghwa at
Sat Jan 8 13:56:32 UTC 2005

Dear list members,

In reply to Stan Anonby's comment offered below.

If East Asia is a good example of what is happening the world over, I
should think that the average Chilean does not understand what is going

The English language is being used simultaneously as an elixir and
filter for national development. You believe that it is the key to
economic success and only those who have it succeed, therefore everyone
wants to learn it. This entire notion is built on the erroneous premise
that what is good for the whole is good for all of the parts.

Yes, indeed, some parts do require the language to make the whole a
success, but as a proportion of the total population these parts are
very small, and the entire whole should neither need nor seek to obtain
the language.

Best wishes for the New Year!


On 8 Jan 2005, at 19:25, Anonby wrote:

> I can think of a few circumstances where people have to choose between
> maintaining their culture and economic prosperity. Maybe that's where
> Chileans are at too.
> Stan Anonby

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