Saturday, September 07, 2013
Altruism on Steroids
A reader sent me a link to an article by a product of our culture's default moral philosophy and our government schools, aptly calling it "altruism on steroids". Here's an excerpt:
I went K-12 to a terrible public school. My high school didn't offer AP classes, and in four years, I only had to read one book. There wasn't even soccer. This is not a humblebrag! I left home woefully unprepared for college, and without that preparation, I left college without having learned much there either. You know all those important novels that everyone's read? I haven't. I know nothing about poetry, very little about art, and please don't quiz me on the dates of the Civil War. I'm not proud of my ignorance. But guess what the horrible result is? I'm doing fine. I'm not saying it's a good thing that I got a lame education. I'm saying that I survived it, and so will your child, who must endure having no AP calculus so that in 25 years there will be AP calculus for all. [link in original]The author is condemning parents who send their children to non-government schools and seems to feel that everyone going "all in" will somehow improve our government education system (while also minimizing the need for improvement as she does above). It is interesting that she sees parents as somehow becoming more invested in improving schools that their own children attend, and yet does not seem to have any inkling of an alternative or why it might not improve everyone's lot. She regards "public schools" as "essential institutions", but does not offer a reason for this assertion any more than she does her condemnation of parents seeking what is best for their own children.
"Many of my clients find relief from their problems when they realize that we all have the right -- indeed, the duty -- to challenge our feelings and make sure they correspond to the facts." -- Michael Hurd, in "Are Feelings Hazardous to Your Health?" at The Delaware Coast Press
"There are tens of thousands of books and interviews premised on the opinion of 'experts' peddling countless years of analyzing the past - but nobody has yet to explain why." -- Michael Hurd, in "Pop-Psychology vs. Real Life" at The Delaware Wave
"More centralized control of health spending will inevitably mean more centralized control of health care." -- Paul Hsieh, in "Your Future Under Obamacare: Big Medicine Getting Bigger" at PJ Media
My Two Cents
In the first piece linked above, Michael Hurd observes of rude drivers that:
[P]eople who do things like that usually don't have much power in their lives, and don't feel like they're in charge of much anyway.Years ago, I came to a similar conclusion and noticed right away that I became far less annoyed by such behavior than I had been before. In fact, but for safety concerns, such "power trips" can sometimes be quite amusing.
The Present as the Distant Future
Isaac Asimov's 1964 article, "Visit to the World's Fair of 2014", is available online.