读书笔记 Learning Beowulf and Jaws
This is a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy - thinking everything is possible just might make it so. But there is a deeply social character to this self-fulfillment. The classical sociologist Emile Durkheim speaks of "acts of consecration" as the ways in which we tend to imbibe very small differences with tremendous importance and power. Though the "religion of liberalism" might consecrate those who are most able, it is in fact a particular social arrangement that has made those who are merely "able" into something sacred.
...These privileged students are made into elites by the interactions that consecrate them, by the consistent, generous feedings they receive of their own capacity and promise.