Childish Politics

If you are babysitting a group of 4-year-olds, you know that you can’t praise one without praising the rest. They aren’t yet emotionally equipped to realize that praise received by a friend doesn’t put them in any danger.

As they grow, kids get over it. At least, they are supposed to. Healthy human development leads you to knowing how to deal with praise received by others without falling apart.

This simple and self-evident process, however, is not accessible to the woke crowd. Leftists think that praising one person or group means condemning all others. This is why I had to explain at length why using the words “Hispanic civilization” in a course title doesn’t mean I’m suggesting that somebody else (I wonder who) is “a savage.”

Much of what people take for a political position is in reality a product of immaturity. And it’s obviously not just a thing on the left. If you are in doubt, I suggest you subscribe to the Twitter of a couple of libertarian groups. Or “trad” groups.

5 thoughts on “Childish Politics”

  1. You reckon this is the result of an entire generation of prosperous 1-2 kid families, where the parents never had to train their kids out of this tedious phase?

    The trend has been there for a very long time. We’ve been bullying nursing mothers and lactation experts into timid silence for decades already, with the justification that if you say something as anodyne and self-evidently true as “breast is best” you’re making the women who couldn’t successfully nurse their babies feel bad. Personally, I think some of that was deliberate concern-trolling by formula manufacturers… but once you see the pattern, it’s everywhere. We had to stop recognizing individual mothers at church on Mothers’ Day, because it might be hurtful to women who suffered infertility or miscarriage. That was a decade ago. And remember when “trigger warnings” were the hot new thing? That’s the same assumption that it’s never OK to make anyone feel bad, even accidentally, because we’re all so psychologically fragile.

    SJWs are just the next generation of that nonsense.

    Funny story: My sister and I both suffered years of PTSD from a shared traumatic experience (we’re doing much better now, thanks). We had both enjoyed movies a lot, before that, and afterward found all the fun sucked out of cinema: it was a minefield! A CPR scene from a stupid action flick was silly action/drama before, and after… it was an adrenaline dumping, heart racing, flashback inducing vomit fest followed by nightmares. We talked to some other PTSD folks and toyed with making a website where movies could be tagged for likely triggers– we started compiling lists of movies, and the things in them that wanted tagging. And rapidly discovered that nearly anything can be a trigger for someone. The project became so ridiculous so quickly, that we dropped it after a couple of weeks. The right solution was to just give up movies until our tolerances improved.

    The solution to all this crap is to cultivate resilience. It’s work, it takes time, and it makes life in the real world worth living. Sometimes you need a strategic retreat, but you can’t stay in the nursery forever. You can give up dumb action movies forever, though. It may even be a net gain 😉

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    1. Every time I have to say “infant mortality” in the classroom, it’s very hard. But I get over myself and don’t show it. That’s life, you know? Pain is part of life, and you have to learn to carry yours with dignity.

      Where does this idea come from that experiencing discomfort is absolutely unacceptable and means you are unfairly singled out? It’s so wrong. And it only leads to more misery.

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      1. Yeah. I mean, geez– I was wigged out by ambulances for years. Does that mean we need to stop having ambulances, just so I can get around town without being freaked out? No, it means I have a problem that I need to work on. And it’s the same for all the rest of this crap.

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    2. The “breast is best” analogy doesn’t really fit, though. It can lead to harm, especially in cases where the mother is told to just keep on breastfeeding by her child’s doctor, even when that child is extremely intolerant or allergic to breast milk. Then if the mother insists on doing what is actually right for their child, they’re harassed about it. Or if a child is under-feeding, and the mother doesn’t know — instead of education on different options (maybe the mother needs to follow up with pumping, or the dreaded formula) there are pediatricians who have called social services for neglect.

      Doctors can be incredibly abusive about this. This isn’t an example of “congratulating one makes the rest uncomfortable.” It’s not that advice making people uncomfortable. It’s doctors harassing new mothers and reporting them if they or their children don’t fit the mold. The fact is that breast and only breast is not best for all children.

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      1. I wasn’t talking about harassment by doctors. I was talking about censoring and shouting down normal people stating a completely obvious truth, because “there are women who can’t, and it makes them feel bad”. This is a real thing. If you haven’t encountered it, congrats on staying out of public forums that’ve been taken over by the “mommy wars”. You’ve saved yourself a lot of valuable time 🙂

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