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Jonathan Swift Vs Rajasir

by Raja Sharma
copyright 07-23-2009

Age Rating: 7 +
Jonathan Swift Vs Rajasir
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My students had already left the classroom but I could see someone sitting in the last row. Out of curiosity, I walked down the aisle and found myself face to face with Jonathan Swift, smiling in his peculiar satirical way, as if trying to find faults with my pedagogical abilities.

Rajasir: " Am I dreaming, Sir, you .......?"

Jonathan Swift: “I have a complaint that you have thrown my works and my friend Addison's works out of your college syllabus?"

Rajasir: " Nowadays, knowledge, wisdom and education are not superior, sir: institution,Dean, Head of the Department and syllabus makers are superior."

Jonathan Swift: "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."

Rajasir: “Yes, Sir, we have already poisoned and executed Socrates, crucified Jesus and burnt Robert Bruno at the stake and many more have already been chased out of our societies."

Jonathan:"We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another."

Rajasir: “No, Sir, if you follow my religion, I love you very much. My religion is teeming with love. I hate others because their religions, I think, don't inculcate the feelings which mine does. By the way, what is religion, Sir?"

Jonathan Swift: "Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through."

Rajasir: “I fully agree with you and we have maintained this venerable tradition because murderers, smugglers, gun-runners, the biggest liars, etc. are above the law, and parking rule breakers, speeding drivers, women selling bodies for food, petty thieves who may have stolen a loaf of bread, and the likes are very securely imprisoned, and not only that, they carry the tag along for their whole life."

Jonathan Swift: “Instead of dirt and poison we have rather chosen to fill our hives with honey and wax; thus furnishing mankind with the two noblest of things, which are sweetness and light."

Rajasir: “We have filled our hives with arms and ammunition; thus furnishing mankind with the two deadliest notions, which are: power to kill a large number of people and less time consumption in doing so."

Jonathan Swift: “There is nothing in this world constant, but inconstancy."

Rajasir: “No, Sir, killing instinct and the feeling of superiority are constant, two out of many perhaps unknown to you."

Jonathan Swift: “There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake, though all the World sees them to be in downright nonsense."

Rajasir: “This is an art very unique to humans and very religiously bequeathed to posterity.”

Jonathan Swift: “And surely one of the best rules in conversation is, never to say a thing which any of the company can reasonably wish had been left unsaid…"

Rajasir: “This cunningness is very ceremoniously taught in our educational institutions.People often shower you with lies and praise you where they should have scorned. I wish we had more of those warriors who could speak frankly, not trying to please the listener."

Jonathan Swift: “We are so fond of one another, because our ailments are the same."

Rajasir: “Sir, what is fondness? All our actions are positive if we receive rewards and praise."

Jonathan: "…one enemy can do more hurt, than ten friends can do good."

Rajasir: “Nowadays friends and enemies are changed as shirts and numbers are not important in this wonderful world."

Jonathan Swift: “Proper words in proper places make the true definition of a style."

Rajasir: “The best available lies to disguise other lies make the true definition of a style. And, plagiarism, cunningly done is an added feather to a style."

Jonathan Swift: “Are you trying to write another book for your students?"

Rajasir: “Yes and this conversation is going to be a chapter of that book."

I turned my face to hide my cunning smile but when I turned back to look at him, he was nowhere to be seen.

By Rajasir

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        08-11-2009     Walter Jones        

A taste, no a morosely of passage, where have stopped, a date, a clever please, when is the want as real as the message, a writer lives and a voice cries, I sleep in the image created, wisdom dealt, but the hand is heavy, you are as you know a strong voice...Walt

        07-28-2009     Alan Reed        

Ah two hearty souls - two hearty foes. Both it seems, coincidentally, appear to have been students of Socrates -for the Socratic method is deployed by both to gain respective answers in order to form respective conclusions. Maybe that is called deductive reasoning? Obviously, the main character is much more enlightened than the secondary. Nice message Sir Rajasir.

On another note - yes - I would love to receive a copy of your book. -Alan

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