I had no idea that all of the links I gathered for this collection would share the theme of self-infantilization but here you have it.
Extreme childishness is in vogue, and people who are trying to get elected to positions of extraordinary responsibility think it’s cute to pretend they are 3 years old.
Another example of this: here is a suggestion that the way to help black people is to see them as toddlers.
And one more story about immaturity: “According to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, lotteries took in $70.1 billion in sales in the 2014 fiscal year. That’s more than Americans in all 50 states spent on sports tickets, books, video games, movie tickets, and recorded music sales.”
I don’t watch Game of Thrones but here is somebody who does and explains at length why it sucks.
The British are finally starting to make some phlegmatic moves in the direction of banning extremism.
In the meanwhile, the University of California is pandering to extreme immaturity in a desperate bid to safe itself: “The University of California at Irvine plans to offer a four-week MOOC based on the FX television series The Strain,which follows the spread of a disease with the “hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.”
And here is an example of somebody who childishly mistakes her psychological problems for a political stance: “It’s pretty terrific how the Patriarchy sets rules for women that effectively mean we can like ourselves, or be liked by “everyone else,” but not both.”
I keep having this exact same experience with students and it’s very frustrating. But this indifference is still better than what the previous link shows.
“When George Zimmerman inevitably gets himself killed, I’m sure I won’t be alone in feeling happy about it, in feeling that a standing offense to the concept of justice has been belatedly mitigated. . . I’m sure we all have people about whom we have similar feelings: Darren Wilson, for instance, or Donald Trump.” I especially love it how such people need to hide from their own childishness by projecting it onto “we all.”
“When complimented on a good presentation, I’ll sometimes say “Oh you really thought so?” or much worse, “No, it wasn’t! You’re just saying that.” Beyond the conference setting, I’ll deny that I’m a good teacher or won’t take credit for my part in organizing an event by saying “No, colleague X did all the real work!””
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I can’t say whether this is immature or simply stupid: “If you want to understand the completely irreconcilable difference I am talking about [between Muslims and Westerners], you need only compare two groups of people: the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks, flying their hijacked planes into the World Trade Center, and the New York City firefighters running up the stairs of the burning Twin Towers, determined to save whoever they could, regardless of the risk to their own lives.”
But the winner of today’s immaturity series is the following piece on bathroom signs. The bathroom signs themselves are running a close second.