Thursday, 29 June 2017

MÁRIA HÁRI AND MAHATMA GANDHI

Sue Oreilly adapts a meme...


In her Facebook page this week Sue Oreilly quotes Mária Hári on Conductive Education's essentially humane, real-person approach –


Sue was criticising unacknowledged adoption of what she regards as the apparent appropriation of this –

To paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi, first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, and then they nick your ideas and present them as their own.... truly pathetic behaviour.


And why not paraphrase, as Sue most explicitly does here? Gandhi may not actually have said this but this is a case-appropriate variation on a robust and productive meme. A nice variation, Sue, that nicely summarises one strand of the story of Western professionals' accommodation to Conductive Education to date.

By the way, Donald Trump has also recently adapted this meme. It is very adaptable –

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win

(ibid.)

It is still a little early in the history of the Conductive Revolution to summarise it his way. Come the day!

Where did Mária Hári say what she said?








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