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What is it like living under the British class system?

The British class system is rather confusing but plays a large role in the lives of British citizens. In this video, Jade Joddle talks of the stifling pressures she felt in Britain because of the class she was born into. She says this is why she chose to leave that country.

This is also one of the most interesting comments sections on a YouTube video I have ever seen. Here is excerpts of two of them:

One commenter states:

Jade, as much as I respect your experience, I do think you paint a rather single perspective. Class is not a one-way hierarchy, I know plenty of people who were sacked for ‘not being warm enough’. You have to navigate the class system whoever you are. Not because of a national culture of snobbery, but because there are deep divisions in society’s opinion and taste. How you act, spend your money, speak- these are not frivolous details.

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Are you Naturally Unnatural?

Most self respecting Disinfonaughts will, at some point or other, have been condemned for the crime of being ‘weird’ or ‘abnormal’. These words play on an implicit root assumption that anything ‘unnatural’ is in some sense immoral or evil. Rest assured that those who try to attack you with such labels imprison only themselves. The truth, in a literal sense, is that there is nothing in this universe which is “unnatural”. Even metaphorically the word “unnatural” is almost irrelevant because our minds cannot glimpse that which it describes and can only hypothesise that it might exist.

The writer Philip Ball, in a piece on his website entitled “Unnatural: The Talk Based On The Book“,[1] says:

“[T]o call something unnatural is not an act of taxonomy but a moral judgement. The unnatural act is something we are supposed to condemn. […] Our disapproval stems from the theological tradition of natural law [..which..] plays out in a rationalistic yet teleological universe in which everything has a part to play, and all things have a ‘natural end’ which, being ordained by God, is intrinsically good.”

Here he is speaking about moral judgements suggested by the word in relation to controversies in science surrounding genetic engineering or cloning.… Read the rest

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