From: Jan Straathof <janstr@xxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2003 22:21:32 +0100
on Thu, 2 Jan 2003 15:06 <Villanova@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>I don't know the exact details of this part of Wittgenstein's life, but it
>seems to me that in this time, a Gay teacher would have had a short career,
>irregardless of evidence. Often people don't need evidence, a good witch
>hunt will often suffice, nicht wahr?
i guess you're quite right, being gay was (and still is) viewed as a grave
abnormality in a masculine society as Austria, but i'm not aware of any
direct evidence for this. Of what i know, it were Wittgenstein's religious
and pedagogical ideals that were the main cause of conflict. As i wrote
in my previous post, at that time Wittgenstein was truly wedded to the
utopian ideas of the Tolstoi-Movement, particularly its mystical
Urchristendom and its emphasis on a broad form of popular education.
But these austrian peasants didn't want a village teacher that was planting
all kinds of 'modernist' (anti-institutional) religious ideas in the minds and
hearts of their children, and neither did they appreciate his didactical
innovations (cf. the broad curriculum i mentioned a post before) because
this took a lot of (extra) school time, and the peasants wanted their kids
at home early so they could help with the farm-work.
"Aus der fruehen Kultur wird ein Truemmerhaufen und am Schluss ein
Aschenhaufen werden, aber es werden Geister ueber der Asche schweben."
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