I get it, I understand it now. This is what they call a moment of clarity. That moment when you get the right piece and see the puzzle for what it truly is, even if it’s still incomplete. This is that piece. Jesus H. Tap-Dancing Christ, I have seen the light!
I know exactly what this is. This goes beyond atheism and the Atheism+ movement I was talking shit about. This goes to something that has damn near emotionally and intellectually crippled my generation and will continue to cripple generation after generation of young Americans. I don’t know how prevalent the problem is in other western countries, but here its pretty bad. I say this in all gravity and seriousness. These people are victims of one of the most damaging and insidious group-think cults plaguing society today. The Self-Esteem Cult.
“The people who have crippled you, you want to see them burned.”
– Black Sabbath
It’s okay, you can bring it in for a hug guys. We’re all survivors of the Self-Esteem Cult here. I guarantee that most of these people went through public school and had the same self-esteem, everyone is a winner bullshit shoved into their heads. This is going to be a major problem in twenty to thirty years, when all the kids with helicopter parents and a school system designed to make every child feel safe and special so they won’t have any negative experiences whatsoever.
All those kids are going to grow up, set off in the world. Then the world is going to give them their first good kick to the nuts and they will have no idea of how to deal with it. Then comes a dark, monstrous revelation worthy of Lovecraft. After spending their entire lives being told how special they are and how everyone is a winner, they find out that the world doesn’t give a shit about them or their ideas and beliefs. They realize that the world is perfectly fine moving on with or without them. They’re not special, they’re not delicate little snowflakes who must be nurtured and preserved, they are just people on a planet full of other people just trying to get through their lives.
The Self-Esteem Cult works like this. Some assholes do a study that shows that popular kids who do well in school have a high self-esteem. You remember something from eight grade science that said something along the lines of: “correlation is not causation.” Well this for the children! So fuck that correlation/causation shit.
The lesson that the Self-Esteem Cult took from these studies is that children with high self-esteem tend to do better in school. It did not occur to them that children who have friends and do well in school have a high self-esteem because they get good grades and have friends. So the obvious answer was to raise the self-esteem of all children. So the dogma of the cult became this: high self-esteem gets better grades. Better grades look better in statistical reports. Better statistics means more funding and money for the school.
So concepts like winners and losers are becoming taboo, as is anything that could negatively effect their self-esteem. Think of their self-esteem like a balloon. The Self-Esteem Cult fills that balloon with hot air. If life is a mountain, the idea is to climb that mountain and reach its peak. But climbing is dangerous and the children might fall and scrape their knee. We can’t have any of that shit.
Thus they inflate that balloon with hot air. The air expands the balloon and it begins to rise raising the child up artificially. It raises them up so high that they can see the mountain top and how beautiful it is. Then life comes along and pops that balloon and they plummet straight to the fucking earth where the rest of us bitterly live. And since they have never fallen before, they don’t know how to pick themselves up, mend their wounds and get right back to climbing that mountain. So they lay there screaming at the heavens for the cruelty that was inflicted upon them.
They were told they were being prepared for the real world. This was a lie. They were lambs being led to the slaughter by sadists masquerading as child development specialists. They were being prepared for a world that didn’t exist, this wasn’t supposed to be it. One can see how whiny movements like Atheism+ and the Men’s Rights Movement are formed in our current culture. These people were supposed to be special, they were told this. Their world was supposed to be one of nothing but winners, just like the guidance counselor told them in the second grade. The world is unfortunately made up of winners and losers. Sometimes you are the winner, but mostly you will be the loser. This is a truth of life. Bad things happen. They happen to good people. Every human being has the right to climb the mountain, but most will not get the privilege of standing on its peak.
Most of us try to change that by making the world a better place anyway we can. Sometimes all it takes is a smile and a friendly conversation with a stranger, or saying ‘thank you’ to the check out clerk at the grocery store. Sometimes it through fighting for civil rights and joining a march. There may not be room for all of us at the top of the mountain, but there is plenty of room on the mountain itself.
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.