Why Are American Afraid of Dragons?

J. Frechette
15th of Febuary 1997
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?

Category: English