Monday, October 8, 2018

Is real leadership possible in an infantilized culture?

It's no secret that we live in a youth-oriented culture. We don't value or respect the real goals of education: intellectual development, critical thinking, lifelong learning. We don't ask kids to do much that's hard anymore, we see college as job training, and most institutions of higher learning tolerate huge amounts of sexual misconduct and substance abuse. We condone bad behavior in our leaders that should have stopped when these guys were 15. Sadly, the same kind of kids who broke into Watergate are now running the big companies and the Congress. The back row of white male glee at the Kavanaugh hearings struck me as both sickening and tragic.

I don't have any answers for this conundrum. We have turned our pursuit of happiness into an obesity of greed and an obesity of power, things that traditionally have been seen as negative qualities, as sins. Now they run the show and enough people recognize their own immature selves in the power-holders to keep electing them.

Not every older male I know is a boy. I know some wonderful men. But I know more boys who are 50 and 60 and 70. All you have to do is go on dating sites and read what they like to do. Boys' things: cars, sports, TV, video games, killing animals.

Now a boy has joined the Supreme Court. I don't know of the other males on the SC are boys too, but Kavanaugh certainly is. You only have to watch the hearings to see that this isn't a man. I feel a lot of sadness about this. 

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