News flash: the generation that was raised as the center of the universe, and given medals for any and all participation in sports, and suckled on the “I deserve HIGH self esteem because I’m special” mantra, is unhappy.
Decades ago the hippies of the 60’s encouraged everyone with the Timothy Leary credo,” Turn on, tune in, drop out.” Those same “turned on” hippies found a place of solace within the cocoon of academia and began teaching the younger generation and training burgeoning teachers.
The grown-up hippies told these students “You’re a by product of complete and utter random chance! But you are also so very special that we don’t think grades and rigid standards are good for your fragile little egos.”
The youth, now fully convinced they embodied a pure and untainted wisdom far superior to their dull-witted and tech-challenged parents and grand-parents, all intoned the highest of all credos, “It’s all good.”
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Now, surprise, surprise, surprise! America is overrun with a generation of cry-babies who view themselves as too special to flip burgers and too precious to ever be fired or criticized. Every day a new article can be seen analyzing why these Gen-Y Yuppies are so unhappy.
Get a clue.
The Declaration of Independence states:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness…
So young Gen-Y Pouters, Americans have believed, and wisely so, that we are created by God and given life (if your mom is not pro-choice and inconvenienced by your existence), liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Notice it does not say “guarantee of happiness every minute of every day.”
Dennis Prager has written at length on the harm the self-esteem movement has done:
By now, most people (with the exception of many psychotherapists) recognize that the self-esteem movement officially launched by California in 1986 has been at best silly, and at worst injurious to society, despite whatever small benefit it may have had to some individuals.
It turns out, however, that the premise was entirely misguided. There is no correlation between goodness and high self-esteem. But there is a correlation between criminality and high self-esteem.
Florida State University professor Roy Baumeister (Ph.D. psychology, Princeton University) has revealed that in a lifetime of study of violent criminals, the one characteristic nearly all these criminals share is high self-esteem.
Yes, people with high self-esteem are the ones most prone to violence.
High self-esteem precludes violence? Surely that can’t be true? Oh but it is.