This whole topic fascinates me because it links in with some books I`m reading on education and reality.
From what I`m seeing, we`ve had about 60 years of "new" education, a
lot of it coming from Baby Boomers who wished life could be a hippie
commune. They quickly found their ideas would fail in the real world,
so they went into education. The thinking was that if they could get to
little children, teach them the wonders of "whole worldness," then they
could change society.
Now, a lot of generations later, they`ve succeeded. They`ve taught
entire generations of children (who now are out in the world attempting
to live in reality) that everything will always be perfect for them.
Everything comes to those who do nothing because everyone is perfect
just the way they are.
They`ve taught class after class after class that wishing something
were true is the same as it being true. It doesn`t matter what reality
actually means, it only matters how we feel about it.
The result is a sort of instant-gratification-on-steroids.
It`s an excellent article, Nikole, but I wonder if it`ll matter much in
the scheme of things. I`m thinking of a community member a while back
who`d been laid off from an executive job. The posting involved a
desire to set up an online business, but with a requirement that they
should be earning $100,000/year within the first 6 months.
Ayn Rand always would say that in any irreconcilable difference of
opinion, reality will arbitrate. We now have millions of people who
grew up believing that their opinion is fundamentally all that`s
necessary to determin reality. When reality contradicts them, they
desperately cast around for a person to blame.