I'm listening to all of these arguments about what we need to teach kids to make a better world, all of this compassion, understanding, acceptance, and I say you're wrong. What we need to teach our kids is how to be tough in the face of adversity, and not just physical adversity, but moral adversity. What kids need to be taught is to speak up when they see wrong doings. And if they aren't listened to, how to fight to the death. We are teaching our children to be soft on themselves, because we have a political and social elite that promote weakness in all areas except the areas that support their agenda. They're the ones setting educational policy, all of this everyone wins for trying, all of this emphasis on sports over the more valuable assets of critical thinking.
You're best effort is not enough, because for 99.9% of humanity they have no idea what their best effort is in anything except sports, gambling, stock markets, etc... We like to be able to quantify our results so we can compare them. How do you quantify kindness? Was I kind enough? How do you know? Did I do enough to help?
So we're sending our poor kids to schools to teach them how to be compassionate, little sheep, while the rich are sending their kids to schools that teach aggressive competition, how to win without losing sleep over it, how to cheat, how to take advantage of any situation to gain the outcome you want. The rich kids learn that the outcomes they want are all that matter. Their contentment, their happiness is all that matters. Their schools teach them how to be mean sons-of-bitches, how to use people and toss them away, how to not get bogged down with obscure concepts of right and wrong, because the real work of this world is dirty, and involves life and death decisions, and needs advocates who believe they truly are better than the riff-raff in a fundamental way, better equipped to handle the running of the company profitably.
The rich know what the fight is really about. They know how the fight is won, because they've studied the history, know that most of our world leaders have been violent and uncompromising, willing to sacrifice others for the success of an agenda.
Don't we know how the playing field is tilted? That their are people actively tilting the field and if you want a level field you have to eliminate them? You can't listen to their arguments, because their arguments justify all of this, this best of all possible worlds. Like Little Peter St. George, they have all of these numbers and statistics, data to prove any argument, knowing the trick is limiting the argument to the data, not the other way around. How can data prove that Universal Healthcare can't work in the US? It can't, but data can show how it can fail and it's all a fabrication. You have to be tough to stand up to the fabrications of the wealthy who can punish dissent economically.
We know history doesn't judge the winners by the same standards it judges everybody else. The poor multitudes who believe there is fairness in the world need to be taught the truth.
Suckers. The only thing that's fair in this world is the weather on occasion and if you want to live long and prosper, don't rely on fair. Rely on tough and not just physically, but learn how to be tough on the value judgments that restrict you from making the changes you know the world requires, even though you know in the short term people will die. People always die. That's what people do. The question is always, what group will pay for this death? And how can we spin death to have it be pinned upon our enemies and not us? How can a country with such poor health be held hostage by the sugar industry? If you want to know, study the history of sugar in the US and the soda industry.
What they should have in schools isn't the pledge of allegiance, it should be what Howard Beal said in Network. "I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore." Rage, the knowledge that you're getting screwed, can be the start of a beautiful relationship with yourself and it starts with asking tough questions, accepting tough answers, and realizing that we didn't get here by being all cuddly with each other. We got here by demanding that those around us meet the obligations they accepted come hell or high water. It's what we should demand of all authority figures and if they won't oblige, we should kill them.