A Sign Of The Times


The below picture was posted on the internet today:

It pretty well sums up what is being blasted to us by the news media - "We have raised a bunch of wusses".

But, as we all know, the news media is not about the truth these days. It's about circulation, selling the agenda of progressivism, and, in fact, by reporting as they do, actually creating news. So, let's look at what should be obvious to everyone as they survey the news- or, maybe is not so obvious.

   Not all kids are wusses.

   Not all Muslims are terrorists.

   Not all blacks protest with violence - or even protest.

   Not all people who are less affluent want stuff for free.

   And, most importantly, not everybody, of whatever segment of society is mentioned, does anything. We are all responsible for our own actions - or, should be. And, generalizations of any kind lead to fallacy.

But, behind every overblown reporting of news lies some truth. Let's look at just the aspect of how our children seem to be behaving - not just the truly young, but those in and beyond college - i.e., the "kids".

We almost incessantly see or hear of kids feeling entitled, feeling and expressing that their needs are more important than others around them, that their sensitivities are being ignored, and demanding that justice be shown to them.

Political correctness is partly to blame for this - but not totally. A goodly portion of the blame lies not only with the kids, themselves, but with their parents and their parents' parents.

A generation or so ago people wanted their children to have what they were not able to have. And, we gave it to them. But, we seemed to have failed. Not all of us, of course; it's just that the news media seems to make it look that way. No, but those of us who have failed have neglected, along with those "things" we gave, to pass on some very important life teachings:

   Individual responsibility is a basic tenet to achieve.

   Successes or things garnered too easily are not appreciated.

   Failure sometimes is necessary in order to move forward.

   No one owes you a living - or anything else.

   You are not more important to the world than someone else.

   Because you can't afford something doesn't mean someone else should pay for it.

   And, that the "Golden Rule" is, in fact, a good thing.

   The list is long; but I think you get the point.

All we have to do is look around us to see some of the negative "fruits of our labors" as parents, parents of parents, and as kids alike:

   Getting free stuff is almost never a good thing.

         People who have been given free housing, as but one example, seem to treat their homes without respect and appreciation - those dwellings, more often than not, wind up looking as though they belong in a ghetto.

   We ensure that everyone gets a trophy, a reward often times given for doing nothing but showing up - no excellence needed here!

         This, of course, breeds an "entitlement mentality". If left to fester, as adults (even young adults) they will expect their lives handed to them on a silver platter - and, that won't happen, leaving them dependent upon the government or others to "make do".

   Anything that seems to hurt someone's feelings is deemed inappropriate - even if it is only one person's feelings that have been supposedly hurt. Everyone else must "pay" for this situation.

         When we were very young the saying, "Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.", was frequently spoken to those who would attempt to hurt our feelings. Today, that saying seems to have been replaced with, "Sticks and stones will break my bones but I'll never let words hurt me because I'll complain, alert the media, call the government and have you fired, removed, or whatever. You'll be sorry!"

   etc.

Our elementary schools and high schools, what with Common Core and all that entails, up through college seem bent on eliminating all of the old "life's lessons" from the minds of our kids. The ideals for progressivism will not support individual thinking and self reliance. That political philosophy needs, no demands, the "masses" to be subservient and dependent.

An article appeared which addresses the above. It is "re-printed" below. Well worth the read, it is.


‘This Is Not a Day Care’: Read College President’s Scathing Open Letter to ‘Self-Absorbed and Narcissistic’ Students

www.theblaze.com by Dave Urbanski Nov. 28, 2015

In the face of college students far and wide complaining about emotional “triggers” they see and hear, annexing “safe spaces” where opposing views can’t hurt their feelings and even threatening free speech, Everett Piper is seemingly fed up with it all.

The president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University began his recent open letter to students with a story it appears he could hardly believe himself.

“This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt ‘victimized’ by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13,” Piper explained in his letter posted to the school’s website. “It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love! In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable.

And with that, Piper apparently had enough.

“I’m not making this up,” he continued. “Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic! Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims! Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them ‘feel bad’ about themselves, is a ‘hater,’ a ‘bigot,’ an ‘oppressor,’ and a ‘victimizer.’”

Piper went on to explain to students that the familiar feeling of “discomfort” when confronted with wrongdoing is called a “conscience” — and that the “goal of many a good sermon is to get you to confess your sins—not coddle you in your selfishness” or help you achieve “self-actualization.”

More from Piper:

If you want the chaplain to tell you you’re a victim rather than tell you that you need virtue, this may not be the university you’re looking for. If you want to complain about a sermon that makes you feel less than loving for not showing love, this might be the wrong place.

If you’re more interested in playing the “hater” card than you are in confessing your own hate; if you want to arrogantly lecture, rather than humbly learn; if you don’t want to feel guilt in your soul when you are guilty of sin; if you want to be enabled rather than confronted, there are many universities across the land (in Missouri and elsewhere) that will give you exactly what you want, but Oklahoma Wesleyan isn’t one of them.

At OKWU, we teach you to be selfless rather than self-centered. We are more interested in you practicing personal forgiveness than political revenge. We want you to model interpersonal reconciliation rather than foment personal conflict. We believe the content of your character is more important than the color of your skin. We don’t believe that you have been victimized every time you feel guilty and we don’t issue “trigger warnings” before altar calls.

“This is not a day care,” Piper concluded. “This is a university!”