|My personal thanks to ask.com, who didn't mess with |
their images search, which allowed me
to find this picture of a gaucho
Sarmiento wanted Argentineans to stay put, so that governing them would be easy. Gauchos, however, enjoyed a special kind of freedom, a freedom that Sarmiento hated. There is something that every gaucho has that sets him free, that allows him to escape into his own world whenever he want. Who would care to venture a guess what that special attribute of a gaucho is? Look at the picture, guys, this magical thing is right there, between the gaucho's legs!
On the positive side, everybody in the classroom woke up immediately after that statement. On the negative side, it wasn't easy to bring the students back to a serious discussion of the gauchos' plight.
P.S. I'm not sure everybody understood that I was referring to the gaucho's horse.