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By George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was once a worldrenowned Irish writer. Born in Dublin, he moved to London while he became twenty. Having rejected formal education, he expert himself through autonomous learn within the examining room of the British Museum; he additionally started his profession there via writing novels for which he couldn't discover a writer. His first good fortune used to be as a song and literary critic, yet he used to be attracted to drama and authored greater than sixty performs in the course of his profession. in most cases his paintings is leavened by means of a pleasant vein of comedy, yet the vast majority of it bears earnest messages Shaw was hoping his audiences may embody. He is still the one individual to were provided either a Nobel Prize (1925) for his contribution to literature and an Oscar (1938) for Pygmalion. between his most famed works are: Candida (1894), hands and the fellow (1894) and guy and Superman (1902-03).

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The first man who enslaved and "broke in" an animal with a whip would have invented the explosion engine instead could he have foreseen the curse he was laying on his race. For men and women learnt thereby to enslave and break in their children by the same means. These children, grown up, knew no other methods of training. Finally the evil that was done for gain by the greedy was refined on and done for pleasure by the lustful. Flogging has become a pleasure purchasable in our streets, and inhibition a grown-up habit that children play at.

The moral and physical risks of education are enormous: every new power a child acquires, from speaking, walking, and co-ordinating its vision, to conquering continents and founding religions, opens up immense new possibilities of mischief. Teach a child to write and you teach it how to forge: teach it to speak and you teach it how to lie: teach it to walk and you teach it how to kick its mother to death. The great problem of slavery for those whose aim is to maintain it is the problem of reconciling the efficiency of the slave with the helplessness that keeps him in servitude; and this problem is fortunately not completely soluble; for it is not in fact found possible for a duke to treat his solicitor or his doctor as he treats his laborers, though they are all equally his slaves: the laborer being in fact less dependent on his favor than the professional man.

No society could be constructed on the assumption that such extermination is a violation of the creature's right to live, and therefore must not be allowed. And then at once arises the danger into which morality has led us: the danger of persecution. One Christian spreading his doctrines may seem more mischievous than a dozen thieves: throw him therefore to the lions. A lying or disobedient child may corrupt a whole generation and make human Society impossible: therefore thrash the vice out of him.

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