From an article at Jihadwatch.org, comes this nugget of gold:
We live in the Age of Ekwilism in this country, in an Age of Levelling that in matters of intellect, and the transmission of knowledge, rivals - though prompted by different reasons - what the Soviet or Chinese Communists at their most malevolent sometimes managed to implement.
And part of the Ekwilism of the Age is the growth of Self-Esteem studies. The Self-Esteem in question does not come from any effort or perceived merit on the part of those who are encouraged simply to believe in their natural wonderfulness.
I didnt know what Ekwilism was, so I had to Google it. The National Review has this about it:
Paduk took possession of this theory, called "Ekwilism," and made it the basis of a national movement which proclaimed that social and economic equality were nothing without an equality of consciousness. That was to be achieved by enforcing spiritual and mental uniformity upon his native land "through the medium of the most standardized section of the inhabitants, namely, the Army, under the supervision of a bloated and dangerously divine state."
Ekwilism was probably the only triumphant fascist movement that comic strip as one of its chief inspirations.
Sooo... being we ARE in an age of Progressivism/Socialism/Communism (all children of Collectivism!), the term Ekwilism fits.
As for the self-esteem that is put as the utmost to be taught to children today in schools, ranging from preK to 12th grade, and beyond, it is pure and total CRAP.
Self-esteem comes from accomplishing things, and doing well. Self-esteem should *not* come from being told you are great, good, whatever. Self-esteem does not come about from who you are, but what you do.
Not scoring kids baseball games, so that one team does not lose, or banning some schoolyard games because someone "might feel bad". We are so worried about kids' self-esteem, that we short them in life experience, and the real world, instead of the fake world created for them - the 'safe' bubble where nothing will ever go wrong, no one ever loses, or fails.
In Ottowa, a soccer league made the rule that if a team gets 5 points more than the other team - THEY automatically lose, the losing team WINS. Is this stupid or what? The full story is HERE.
"According to the league’s new rules, coaches of stronger teams are encouraged to deter runaway games by rotating players out of their usual positions, ensuring players pass the ball around, asking players to kick with the weaker foot, taking players off the field and encouraging players to score from farther away."
I guess soccer players like Pele would have gotten no play at all with these rules. The 'leveling the playing field' theory doesn't work well in sports, and it doesn't work well in life, being no one is equal to another in ability, in brains, in anything like that. We are equal in the sense that human beings are valued equally, but no one is equal in regards to what we can do/think up. I guess MENSA members must let DENSA members in :P as it would be too bad to keep out those of lower IQs. (I have no idea if there is a DENSA, but it would be the opposite of MENSA).
The leveling-the-field effect is going on today, in everything - from schools to money, to the workplace, etc.
From the "Level the Playing Field" organization, on the "about us" tab
"Work hard, get ahead. This is the way it's supposed to happen; it just doesn't happen this way for everyone. That's the part that's unfair. No one should have to work twice as hard to get half as far. "
No one should have to work twice as hard, to not get as far as someone else? The Progressives want equality of outcome - No matter your talents or ability.
I really don't know what to say in reply to this...I'm speechless, that someone can be *so stupid* as to believe in equality of outcomes, and the 'self-esteem must be taught at all costs' stuff. They're not just misguided, they are deliberately flouting common sense, and actual life, to bring about the Utopian view.
Actually, I am glad everyone is not equal in stuff - it makes for interesting blog readings ( like The Lawdog Files - a hoot!), or someone's scribblings online, or innovations in science, the arts, etc. We all can't be Rembrandts, it would be a very dull world if it was, and the awe they inspire in our lives would just *go away*. Life would be rather hum-drum without those bright stars in life, and history.
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