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Knowledge is a Crime - Xu Lun [Oct. 25th, 2008|10:11 am]
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"I used to be a steady sort of fellow, living comfortably enough from hand to mouth by doing odd jobs for small taverns, until I made the mistake of learning to read and write, was influenced by the new cultural movement, and decided to seek knowledge.

I was living in the country at the time, and felt most indignant on behalf of the pigs and sheep. "Though all animals have a hard time of it," I thought, "if they were like oxen and horses they could at least do something else, and would not be forced to sell their flesh for a living." But the pigs and sheep looked so silly and acted so foolishly that there seemed nothing else they could do but carry on as they were. That showed how important knowledge was!

So I made straight for Peking, where I found a teacher and started my quest for knowledge. The earth is round. There are more than seventy elements. x+y=z. All this was new to me, and though it was hard I felt these were things one should know.

But one day my convictions were shattered by something I read in a newspaper. In this paper a nihilist philosopher stated that knowledge was a crime, stolen property. . . . Such a great authority as a nihilist philosopher, and he said knowledge was a crime! Although I did not know much, at least what I knew was knowledge, and now this was against me. I went to consult my teacher."

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Publication Information: Book Title: Selected Works of Lu Hsun. Volume: 2. Contributors: Gladys Yang - transltr. Publisher: Foreign Languages Press. Place of Publication: Peking. Publication Year: 1957. Page Number: 70.

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Refer: Lu Xun - Wikipedia

Researching "The Great Dictator" Charlie Chaplin Wikipedia

If "knowledge is a crime" then it's illegal is it not !

( attempting to assist Senator Conroy [ Australian Senator with dreams of filtering the Internet ] with a suitable definition of illegal content )