94 Degrees in the Shade, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

The joy of education.

A very nice painting by Alma-Tadema celebrating education.  As we learn from Bill Bryson's "At Home"--the English love education.   They love their history, their language and their geography.  In a telling story, the rural Anglican preachers in the 1700s found that they had plenty of money and a great deal of extra time on their hands.  What did they do?  They became scientists and made some of the most-revolutionary discoveries in the history of humanity.  These self-educated scientists then had children who were just as equally awesome or even more so, e.g. Jane Austen.

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