I don't know - having read stuff from various cultures through the ages, (aren't there those books on 'uppity women'?) - I think this may be a very specific situation to a particular era and society. there's more to this thought but I want to poke around online first before composing a far more cogent argument.
This reminds me of the chapter in Richard Feynman's Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! when he attends a symposium full of sociologists; at first he has difficulty trying to understand what they're talking about, so he breaks everything down line-by-line and it's full of the most elementary ideas, like "Some children like to think. Some children like to play." But it's so wrapped up in pretension that it looks important on first glance.
There was a sociologist who had written a paper for us all to read—something he had written ahead of time. I started to read the damned thing and my eyes were coming out—I couldn't make head nor tail of it.
I figured it was because I hadn't read any of the books on that list. I had this uneasy feeling of, "I'm not adequate," until finally I said to myself, "I'm going to stop, and read one sentence slowly so I can figure out what the hell it means."
So I stopped at random and read the next sentence very carefully. I can't remember it precisely, but it was very close to this: "The individual member of the social community often receives his information via visual, symbolic channels." I went back and forth over it and translated. You know what it means? "People read."
Then I went over the next sentence. And I realized that I could translate that one, also. Then it became a kind of empty business. "Sometimes people read. Sometimes people listen to the radio." And so on. But written in such a fancy way that I couldn't understand it at first. And when I finally deciphered it, there was nothing to it.
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