Young people are letting themselves get fooled
Thursday, December 29, 2016 8:01 AM
After working with young people of all ages for close to 40 years, in looking back I would at least hope that I’ve been a good listener when they wanted to talk.
I’ve listened to young people talk about wanting to harm themselves and listened to explanations as to why they joined a street gang. I’ve heard the reasons from a good many as to why they didn’t get along with their moms and dads, as well as to their motives for running away. I have felt their anger and witnessed buckets full of tears. Over the course of literally thousands of conversations, I believe that I have been able to empathize even when I had disagreements with what they were saying.
I also hope that I was able to expound my reasoning so that it provided some sound direction. Because of these exchanges, I believe that I’ve certainly received quite a bit of enlightenment over the decades.
However, although I have respected so many of those young points of view, I admit I feel my collar tighten whenever some young know-it-all starts to lecture me from some position of moral indignation. Which may explain why after I watched MTV’s 2017 Resolution for White Guys, I felt a small nuclear eruption within my solar plexus. I felt my jaw tighten so much that I thought my teeth would shatter.
To hear some high-minded, brainwashed leftist school girl say to everyone who bears a similar profile to my own, “Try to recognize that America was never ‘great’ for anyone who wasn’t a white guy” makes me wish I could return to my own youthful years and protest Bonnie Tyler’s MTV video Total Eclipse of the Heart.
Another proselytizing young lady (whoops, was I supposed to say woman?) tells me to “Learn what ‘mansplaining’ is, and then stop doing it.” Well I did take her suggestion, and I did look up the meaning of “mansplaining,” which is explaining things as a man to a woman with the incorrect assumption that she doesn’t understand. Well isn’t that special, considering that all of us in this life talk to one another, man to woman, woman to man, man to man, woman to woman, dog to cat with the assumption at times the other doesn’t appreciate what we are trying to explain. In fact, isn’t the entire MTV video doing exactly what they are telling us white guys to stop doing?
And then there is another tyke who proudly admonishes us Caucasian males by telling us that “blue lives matter isn’t a thing.” Really? Try telling that to the surviving three children of Danville, Ohio, police officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr., who was ambushed and murdered by a man who had stated his intentions before going out for the evening that he was determined to kill a police officer.
“There are two ways to be fooled,” said the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. “One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”
Quite simply, these young people have been fooled. Perhaps by academia, or the media, or surviving family members who smoked too many joints at Woodstock or who knows what other socialist, quasi-liberal college campus, Hollywood-inspired think-tank that might have reached out to exploit them. Their take on life stems from misguided ideals, and not through a balance of experiences.
Now make no mistake, I would never claim that I am any smarter than any of the young people who appear in the video. But what I do have is experience. And I have not sheltered myself within sterile ivory tower in order to keep opposing viewpoints from reaching the brain.
As I watched the MTV video, I was reminded of Rodney Dangerfield’s line from the movie Caddyshack, “Now I know why tigers eat their young.” Unfortunately, as I hear what these young people are preaching, I don’t find what they’re saying so funny. But to ignore them and the forces behind them is dangerous.
Bob Rinearson is a resident of Fort Wayne.