Satoru: I think most teachers start out idealistic, but end up cynical . . .
Melissa: Perhaps that's an occupational hazard. Eventually many reach a point where they become similar to robots half-consciously performing classroom routines.
Liao: Curious how many social institutions becomes the antithesis of their avowed goals. Prisons, for example, basically train criminals. The military often actually fosters warfare, not peace. And in many ways schools actually make students more stupid rather than intelligent.
Tim: I'm tempted to call it ingenious. It reminds me of Orwell’s notion of "doublespeak". Each system, through a curious dialectic, creates its own shadow-self . . .

In Name Only - an art work & poem by T Newfields