Our society has raised a generation of children who are fixated on unicorns and fairies. The self-esteem movement has told them that their decisions are always perfect. Being perfect, of course, means never having to take responsibility. Our abandonment of discipline means that a generation never had to take responsibility for their actions. Sass mom? Instead of the swift slap across the cheek that was normal for those of us born in the 1960s or before, this generation had a mom who apologized for making the child feel as if mom is the enemy. Our modern education system has already had a hand in teaching the children a narcissistic world view that has them as the center of a fairy and unicorn universe, while all authority figures our eeeevil. And this is what we end up with:
I’m fascinated by the psychological basis behind some of the OWS messages. This is a good example of what I call “Look What You Made Me Do syndrome.” Until recently, LWYMMD syndrome was considered an immature developmental stage that toddlers pass through; if a child fails to grow out of it, the phase can grow into a passive-aggressive narcissistic personality disorder. But sometime in just the last few years, “Look What You Made Me Do” syndrome has become so commonplace that it is now the basis of an entire worldview for a certain sector of the population, in particular OWS youth such as the one we see here. In this case, it’s the variant “Look What You Will Make Me Do”; if you don’t give me something for free (college education, money, whatever), then by golly I’m just going to become a stripper! And it will be your fault. And at Occupations around the country, we see the now-universal “I racked up $75,000 in loans and it’s capitalism’s fault” signs everywhere, which is the past-tense version of the same principle we see here. It all boils down to an abdication of personal responsibility, instead assigning blame on outside forces. Have we become a nation of three-year-olds?