July 31, 2020

An Infantile Culture

In a recent post Bill H. analyzed why so many "woke" types are, well, just crying babies. Bill observes:

Drool cups indeed, and not just because they cannot tell the difference between the Norwegian and Confederate flags. The whole list of liberal "causes” is about "feelings” and not reality, and as such is entirely infantile.

"Your display of the confederate flag, your use of certain words, although harmless in physical terms, makes me feel bad,” they say. "Therefor I must expend every effort to prevent you from displaying that flag or using those words to assure that I’m not made to feel bad.”

When I was a child, and I mean a little kid, four or five years old, I would come home crying that some other kid had called me a name and made me feel bad. My parents would shrug it off. "You cannot control what other people do,” they would tell me. "People are not always going to be nice to you, nor should they. You are not that special to them.”

They would finish with:

"We always treat you nicely,” they would continue, "and require that you kids treat each other nicely because you are special to us and to each other. But you are not special to the people out there in the real world and there is no reason for them to treat you nicely. Some of them will anyway, but many of them will not. You cannot change that.”

"What you can change,”"is the manner in which what people do affects you. People can say nasty things to you and, as you become more grown up, you can learn not to let those nasty things damage you.”

If you are dependent upon making others comply with your demands for your security and comfort, then you are a perpetual victim, enslaved by the actions of people you cannot control. When, on the other hand, you determine by the use of inner resources what keeps you mentally and emotionally safe, then your freedom is assured.

Today's political actors, those who are on the streets creating mayhem, have never been taught what every parent should have taught their child; how to be an adult.

Tim adds:

Absolutely Bill! So many parents coddled their children in the last few decades to make up for their not being there for them; divorce, or pursuit of a career led to guilty feelings in the parents who made up for it with "helicopter" parenting when the kids weren't shuffled off to daycare or some other regimented thing. It used to be if you got in trouble in school you got in trouble at home. Now the parents come in and let loose on the teachers! This has led to a sense of entitlement to avoid having hurt feelings. Also, the idea of everyone having their own independent reality has led to this situation; people can make their feelings substitute for an objective standard.

Basically our culture has gone insane.

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