I have a history book that I’ve read and a while ago I found a prediction that, at that time, I thought “Wow, this prediction is right on the money.” It is even more appropriate now than ever. It goes like this…
“People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure.
Always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. They are men of depraved minds, but they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.”
I might also add narrow minded, irresponsible, ideologically blind and Saul Alinsky (and, thereby, Vladimer Lenin) putty at the hands of public education.
I started this piece by taking each point in the above quote and giving multiple examples. I quickly realized that I could write a book if I continued down that path.
So, instead, for the sake of an attempt at brevity, I will try and focus on more general examples, though what I choose to comment on will seem completely random. Bear with me.
Self esteem programs abound in grade schools. No, we shouldn’t berate our children, but we should also teach them that their existence doesn’t make them special. Participation trophies are an example. They didn’t actually accomplish anything, they were just there. Public School Review has an article about 5 ways to boost your child’s self esteem. It all seems to focus on rationalizing with your children. They’re children. They’re not rational. They’re reactionary. But we teach them from childhood how special they are and we don’t exercise any discipline for fear of bruising their self esteem. We de-emphasize right and wrong and instead focus on what makes us “feel good” or what makes others not “feel good.” If our child makes someone not “feel good,” we try to rationalize with them instead of teaching them that actions have consequences. The Affective Education approach deals a lot with self esteem and is heavily into moral relativism in order to do so. Here is a critique on the dangers of self esteem programs. We’ve got a couple of generations now that view themselves as “special” and our children parents seem more interested in being “buds” with their kids than they are in being their parents. More and more, if kids misbehave in school, the parents ask what the teacher did to cause their child’s misbehavior.
Socialism is a big thing today (look at Bernie Sanders’ popularity). Never mind that history (which is hardly even taught anymore) shows us that socialism has never, does not (look at Venezuela) and will never work, if, for no other reason, it does not, and indeed cannot, account for human nature. It, by necessity, creates a two tier social system, the elites who make all the rules and the common folk who are forced to obey the rules. Human nature causes the elites to take of themselves first and they wind up insulating themselves from the suffering of the common folk.
There almost was not an United States, as the first colonists in the New World were under contract by their British business sponsors to conduct themselves in a socialistic economy – everyone contributes equally and everyone shares equally. But the problem is that, as we all know, not everyone contributes equally (human nature). Fortunately for us, William Bradford abandoned that approach and introduced bartering (capitalism) to the colony. The rest, as they say, is history.
Acceptance of science has become more ideologically based than scientifically based. If the science agrees with the ideology, then it is good science. If not in agreement, then its bad science or the science is ignored. Consider climate change and transgenderism.
In the 60s we were told that if something wasn’t done immediately, the world would ice over. When that didn’t happen we were told that temperatures would rise, polar ice caps would melt, there would be mass flooding, etc., etc. When that didn’t happen, they dumped it into a generic hysteria called climate change. They’ve completely ignored the IPCC admission several months back that the computer models they’ve been using for decades are flawed and the planet isn’t warming nearly as much as they originally thought. Climate change is still a big progressive cause and the bad science claiming it is their good science and the science disclaiming it is the bad science. Planetary climate is more dependent on the sun than anything we could possibly do or not do here. There is nothing we can do here that will affect the sun’s behavior. Ask a solar scientist, if, indeed, you actually consider them to be scientists. If we look at history, average annual temperatures follow a sinusoidal pattern, roughly following solar activity.
Medical science still considers gender dysphoria to be a mental disorder. Medical science is ignored because it doesn’t fit the progressive ideology of moral superiority. If I think its a good thing, then I’m right and if you disagree with me then you’re an evil person. Never mind that any prepubescent gender dysphoria resolves itself when puberty comes. Your body knows what gender it is. Its not a crap shoot whether your body produces estrogen or testosterone in puberty because your body knows. If there is any gender confusion after puberty, its in your head, because your body knows. How natural is it to then force your body for the rest of your life to accept drugs and hormones that it does nat naturally produce? Your body knows.
We used to be referred to as he or she. Arrogance and “self esteem” has facebook offering 71 gender pronouns. Bryn Mawr college has offered guidelines on how to approach people using pronouns such as “it” or “ze.” Its all about me and my self esteem.
We all want to think that we are so special and its “all about me.” Social media has exacerbated that problem. We all crave attention and feel neglected if we aren’t the center of attention. Selfies, Tide pod challenges, etc. Its “all about me, I’m special.” We go into the world of social media detached from any social contact. We feel emboldened to say anything that will draw attention to ourselves. We let people make us do stupid things in order to draw attention to ourselves. Psychiatrists are now considering an obsession with selfies to be a mental illness. And companies are pandering to this. Believe it or not, there is a toaster that will burn your selfie onto a piece of toast.
Social media in general is coming under the psychiatry microscope. “In a 2015 study on the effects of Facebook use on mental health, researchers at the University of Missouri discovered that regular use could lead to symptoms of depression if the site triggered feelings of envy in the user.” Further, social media users tend to “put a rose-tinted gloss over their lives in an effort to idealize themselves and, researchers believe, to improve others’ impressions of them.” In other words, “Its all about me.”
I could still go on and on, but this is already lengthier than what I had wanted. As I said, if I address each point in the aforementioned quote, I could write a book.
Basically, I see public education (our lack of education system) as being part of the root of the problem. Public education teaches how special we all are and shouldn’t be offended by anything, but at the same time they hypocritically teach hate, racism, denial of history and bullying of those who don’t agree with them. If the left truly believes in choice, then they should embrace school choice. They’re your children, your tax money, your choice. If public schools offer such a good educational product, then parents will want to send their kids to public schools, so what are they afraid of?
Oh, and about that quote…I selectively edited it and left out some of the words. Had I included every word, then the atheists and “holier than thou” would have instantly stopped reading anything else. The history book is the bible and the full quote can be found in 2 Timothy 3.