What Will They Think of Next?

Okay, I am going to come across in this post as the guy who complains that the younger generation just isn’t the same. So be it.

But this has to be the stupidest thing I have read in a time when I am reading lots of stupid shit.

Seriously, having a best friend isn’t a good thing? And this takes the cake:

”œWhen two children discover a special bond between them, we honor that bond, provided that neither child overtly or covertly excludes or rejects others,” said Jan Mooney.

Look, I understand schools need to watch out for bullying. But jaysus: life is about rejection and how we pick ourselves up and deal with that rejection. Get over it. I’ve been rejected countless times. From not getting the job I wanted, to not getting a date with the girl in High School I wanted to date, to getting picked almost dead last in kick ball when I was in elementary school. Matter of fact, my life has been a series of uninterrupted rejections, at certain points. But you know what: I keep going. It’s called persistence. And persistence is a virtue. One we are fast forgetting in this country.

Furthermore, I’m a better person (and so are the countless other people in this world who have dealt with all kinds of perceived rejections) for learning how to deal with it and overcome it, as opposed to being coddled my whole life, given everything on a silver platter.

We are growing so soft in this country, it’s not even remotely funny.

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Sean Paul Kelley

Traveler of the (real) Silk Road, scholar and historian, photographer and writer - founder of The Agonist.

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  • Good Lard! Our kids need to understand the nuances of the unconscious mind to avoid covertly rejecting others.

    How do you learn who NOT to trust unless you’ve experienced that at some level.

    Bullying, on the other hand, is a curse. It’s just imperialism for tiny people.

  • It’s a parody come true.

    But all is not lost. I still know some parents, and hopefully you do, too, who understand that kids need to learn to take their licks, up to a point. They’d have their children out of that powderpuff program faster than a Tea Partier can misspell a word.

  • All the BS going around about implicit attitudes. A few years ago, some geniuses at Yale came up with the “implicit association test”, which could be used to measure one’s implicit (i.e., covert) attitudes about others (e.g., blacks). Not surprisingly, now it is clear that this test is bogus for measuring long-term attitudes, as it moves around a lot with practice etc etc. But it’ll be a decade before the myth gets busted.

  • on the self esteem talk at my daughters school. I am with you on this SPK. I agree that working violence out of the schools is very very good, but the self esteem talk is outright narcissism. I support developing self confidence, but sometimes you lose or are not good at something, and somehow you have to learn to recognize that and deal with it and move on.

  • good martinis.


    “The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential.”

    - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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