OUR READER DANIEL FRAMPTON (A FELLOW COURTAULDIAN) REFERS TO THOSE YOUNGSTERS WHO POSE AS ‘EDUCATED’ BUT ARE JUST STUPID:
I recognise these types of people (mostly women in their early 20s or 30s – though I find the men more pathetic) from my time studying for a year at the Courtauld (what an echo-chamber) – those “educated” types that praise every diversity under the sun, except for the only diversity that actually matters of course, which is a diversity of opinion.
These “enlightened”, “cultured” types, they’re walking clichés. Notice how they all speak with the same sort of accent, how they tend to dress the same, and employ the same phrases and vapid refrains that mark them out as superior (but ultimately pseudo) intellects.
It’s all a front. But so long as they feel part of a cosy club, and can think well of themselves in their safe space, and earn an easy buck, they’re happy. It’s all vanity really. This dealer is, I fear, an example of a far broader malaise afflicting my generation – particularly graduates of the cosmopolitan variety who really have no shame (or honour, for that matter – how redundant that word now seems). It doesn’t surprise me at all what’s happened here. Right now all we can do – and by we I mean all those people of true spirit who are committed to free and right inquiry – is continue to make a nuisance of ourselves in the hope that one day others will wake up.
YOU CAN WATCH MY REVIEW ON CORREGGIO AND PARMEGIANINO IN ROME HERE