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Why are amercain afraid of the dragon


J. Frechette

15th of Febuary 1997

Why Are American Afraid of Dragons?

by: Ursula K. Le Guin

While reading the article by Ursula K. Le Guin; Why Are Americans

Afraid Of Dragons, I couldn't stop myself from agreeing with her beliefs.

Everything seemed completely justifiable and correct upon finishing the article. I

then slowly started reflecting on some assertions she laid out in her text. I began

to realize how she had overlooked some essential factors. My deduction was that

she had made a great error in expressing her opinions making them appear as

facts. Her mistake was also in only showing her negative opinions of men and

their imagination.

Men or Americans have no fear of the dragon. Americans just don't have the time

for it. Men generally feel the obligation and the responsibility of taking care of

the family's financial needs. A good man is preoccupied with his wife, his

children, his work, his colleagues etc... So which form of entertainment should he

choose for his busy day?

I sincerly hate to be rude but Ursula K. Le Guin has to keep in mind that we live

in a mediatic world. Among the many different forms of media including books,

radio, theatre and television, writing is and has been proven to be the oldest and

the slowest. It is even considered sometimes the most boring form of home

entertainment. In only five hours, a telespectator can go through about four

stories while reading them would take on average four to six days. Because it

only takes a mere couple of hours to view a film on television, one is left with

more time to take care of greater responsibilities. Now, you decide which media

is more appropriate for your tight schedule.

It is true that the American population doesn't read enough, but they do use their

imagination. To say that Americans do not use their imagination would be saying

Americans don't dream. Dreams are proven to be the fruit of imagination simply

meaning that without imagination there is no dream. And without dreams what

would imagination be?

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