Mr. Spock suggested that “V-ger” – a massive, out-of-control space station hurtling towards Earth on a mission to destroy the planet – was behaving like a child.
“Spock,” McCoy replied, “this ‘child’ is about to wipe out every living thing on Earth. Now, what do you suggest we do? Spank it?”
I mention this here because every now and then someone takes the modern world to task for its lack of interest in classical music. Often, this ardent supporter will scold the culture at large, declaring that society today ought to be more respectful of the grand musical tradition is has inherited. And often such arguments take a judgmental tone: the public should educate itself about classical music, and failure to do so is somehow unjust, or a neglect of duty.