ALL these [the Condition, Customs, and Temper of the People] do so necessarily depend upon, and are influenced by the Nature and Change of Government, that ’tis easily imagined, the present Condition [enevælde] of these People of all Ranks must be most deplorable; at least it appears so to an English man, who sees it, possibly more then to them that suffer it: for Slavery, like a sickly Constitution, grows in time so habitual, that it seems no Burden nor Disease; it creates a kind of laziness, and idle despondency, which puts Men beyond hopes and fears: it mortifies Ambition, Emulation, and other troublesome, as well as active qualities, which Liberty and Freedom beget; and instead of them affords only a dull kind of Pleasure of being careless and insensible.
Fra An account of Denmark as it was in the year 1692, af Robert Molesworth (første linjer af kap. 8).
Så kan man jo spekulere over, hvor meget der reelt har ændret sig, her mange år senere.

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  1. Skægt. Jeg fandt også denne passage om lighed:
    “To conclude; I never knew any Country where the Minds of the People were more of one calibre and pitch than here; you shall meet with none of extraordinary Parts or Qualifications, or excellent in particular Studies and Trades; you see no Enthusiasts, Mad-men, Natural Fools, or fanciful Folks, but a certain equality of Understanding reigns among them: every one keeps the ordinary beaten road of Sence, which in this Country is neither the fairest nor the foulest, without deviating to the right or left: yet I will add this one Remark to their praise, that the Common People do generally write and read.”

  2. Skægt. Jeg fandt også denne passage om lighed:
    “To conclude; I never knew any Country where the Minds of the People were more of one calibre and pitch than here; you shall meet with none of extraordinary Parts or Qualifications, or excellent in particular Studies and Trades; you see no Enthusiasts, Mad-men, Natural Fools, or fanciful Folks, but a certain equality of Understanding reigns among them: every one keeps the ordinary beaten road of Sence, which in this Country is neither the fairest nor the foulest, without deviating to the right or left: yet I will add this one Remark to their praise, that the Common People do generally write and read.”

  3. Skægt. Jeg fandt også denne passage om lighed:
    “To conclude; I never knew any Country where the Minds of the People were more of one calibre and pitch than here; you shall meet with none of extraordinary Parts or Qualifications, or excellent in particular Studies and Trades; you see no Enthusiasts, Mad-men, Natural Fools, or fanciful Folks, but a certain equality of Understanding reigns among them: every one keeps the ordinary beaten road of Sence, which in this Country is neither the fairest nor the foulest, without deviating to the right or left: yet I will add this one Remark to their praise, that the Common People do generally write and read.”

  4. @ Lasse
    Fandt faktisk også den passage umiddelbart efter at have skrevet indlægget, og overvejede at tage det med. Så er det jo måske værd at overveje, om der stadig er hold i sidste led af citatet, når man kender folkeskolens tilstand. 😉
    Det står i slutningen af kap. 16 (The State of Religion, of the Clergy and Learning, &c.), hvis nogen er interesseret i at kigge det efter.

  5. @ Lasse
    Fandt faktisk også den passage umiddelbart efter at have skrevet indlægget, og overvejede at tage det med. Så er det jo måske værd at overveje, om der stadig er hold i sidste led af citatet, når man kender folkeskolens tilstand. 😉
    Det står i slutningen af kap. 16 (The State of Religion, of the Clergy and Learning, &c.), hvis nogen er interesseret i at kigge det efter.

  6. @ Lasse
    Fandt faktisk også den passage umiddelbart efter at have skrevet indlægget, og overvejede at tage det med. Så er det jo måske værd at overveje, om der stadig er hold i sidste led af citatet, når man kender folkeskolens tilstand. 😉
    Det står i slutningen af kap. 16 (The State of Religion, of the Clergy and Learning, &c.), hvis nogen er interesseret i at kigge det efter.

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