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if your grandfather had a diploma, your father had a diploma, then there is no need for you to show your diploma. An upbringing in a proper family, where values were cultivated, guarantees decency.

 I personally call this logic to "sit on old glory without developing and improving yourself." The lack of competence can be vital(in negative sense) when the person takes part in serious task as in the representative government of in any other such responsible undertakings. And so I find the generic patriotism unsuitable in many areas. The background is important, but the self-mastery and improvement outweught it nowadays.

I'm not ugly,but my beauty is a total creation.Hegel
by Chris on Thu Mar 23rd, 2006 at 08:39:48 AM EST
GWB is an excellent example of someone whose "ancestors" did the required work and had some skills.

Looking for a 'mental Habsburg lip' feels very postmodern.

by Number 6 on Thu Mar 23rd, 2006 at 11:00:47 AM EST
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Don't get me started on the Habsburg lip.

Had the Spanish Habsburgs not been so damn inbred we might not have all these problems with the various nationalities within Spain. But that's another story, to be told in its own diary.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Mar 23rd, 2006 at 11:04:22 AM EST
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