Concerning A Pet Peeve

There is a system of education even more cruel than a system which mocks and humiliates the less gifted.

It is that system which hides the kind truth from the less gifted, and with gruesome lies fills them with unfair and cruel hopes for a future that they will be unable to achieve. Mankind’s current habit of telling everyone they have a gift, whether they do or not, ranks as one of the greatest examples of mankind’s inhumanity to man.

There is, you see, no more pitiable person than a person filled with false assumptions about their own talents. The grievances that cause others to laugh are to them very real indeed, the offended confusion that follows them through life as what they suppose to be their superior capacity for such and such is never recognized, is very real and very painful to them. It is not fair, it is not fair.

May fate be kind to those whose only end is disapointment, and may those who set them up for it be forgiven.

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  1. Posted September 10, 2005 at 4:04 am | Permalink

    The self esteem movement did a dreadful disservice to some people. I also think that our educational system has defrauded and crippled some people. I suspect that given a more human and humane education, those we are thinking of might just have developed more talents after all.

  2. Posted September 10, 2005 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    The Disney movie The Incredibles had some unexpected insights into this thinking… I remember in one scene the mother explains to her son why they won’t allow him to play sports (since his superpowers would enable him to win at everything); at some point she says “Everyone is special”, and her son responds “…which is another way of saying that nobody is.”

  3. Posted September 13, 2005 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    And when Syndrome says that he will sell his superpowers so that everyone will be super, he leaves the room saying “And then no one will be.” You see! Pixar is educational.

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