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The fate of the world is in the hands of literacy Literacy has a relation to many parts of societys existence including individual cultures the ideology of those cultures and the spoken word of the people In addition proposing standards for good English could affect literacy Literacy is the skill to understand respect and seek out knowledge Those whose are literate have a higher capacity for happiness and pleasure because they can comprehend the preciousness of a beautiful thing and appreciate it A literate person would welcome arguments and views contrasting to their own in order to uncover the truth Literacy is a tool with which one may become wise and find true happiness I do not believe that there should be standards for good English Standards if set by the public would be crude widely varied and difficult to learn and understand by foreigners Some may suggest that standards set by the masses would be more logical however I believe they would only be more chaotic If English had standards set by so-called grammar authorities our language would become more rigid complicated and nonsensical and children would have to waste much more time learning grammar in school The spoken language would become less creative and colourful and therefore individuals will have less of a personal style of speech If standards were eliminated language would be exciting and new all the time with all the mutations and styles that could emerge Language would become a living entity reflective of the ethos of the people In addition the existence of standards is contradictory to the notion that literacy entails being open-minded If one was open-minded then one would not be judgmental of new and different language styles Literacy also is related to culture and a cultures ideology Culture dictates the levels of literacy for one in that culture to aspire to It also helps specify the criteria for becoming a wise literate person
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