American Elephants

Playing Games With Language, Nasty Political Games. by The Elephant's Child

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Are you familiar with the term “Intersectionality? It is defined as “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, gender, as applied to an individual or a group. In other words it is modern or post-modern (whatever post-modern is) gobbledygook.

“Diversity” has become the byword in our colleges and universities, our schools and offices and workplaces. Which means when photographed, all races and at least two sexes must be portrayed, or you get a bad mark and must remedy it for the next photo. There is supposedly some advantage to have representation of all races roughly in proportion to their representation in society. We have read of Asian students with really high test scores being turned down at Harvard, because they have too many Asian students with really high test scores. Why would it not be in Harvard’s interest to have the most brilliant class in the country? To have a reputation for high scholarship? It is more important supposedly to have diversity. Why? In any case, Asian students are suing.

We live in a culture of victimhood. Look at the Jussie Smolett case. Here is a good looking young black man with a prominent role in a successful TV series, and he came to believe that he was not enough of a victim to get the attention to which he felt entitled. He was reportedly receiving a million dollar salary, but believed that if he was the victim of a racial attack — what? More attention, probably, bigger salary? why? And he has learned the hard lesson that trying to fool the courts with a phony attack reported to the police is not a good idea.

But what has gone so haywire in our society that being a victim seems desireable? Why are we having a “International Women’s Day”?Or for that matter, why do we have a big “Women’s March?” What is the nonsense about “toxic masculinity” and “white supremacy”?

Do you choose your friends and close associates so that you have a diverse mixture or race, class, gender, and ethnic origin? Of course you don’t. In theory, we all arrive as squalling babies, are raised to a standard where we can be expected to survive on our own. From that point on, it’s up to you to make of yourself what you choose. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It’s all about the pursuit. People make different choices, some good, some unfortunate.

How did you decide what you wanted to be when you grew up? Do you have some of the same friends that you had as a kid? How did they decide? Do you wiah you had made other choices?

Howard Schultz, president of Starbucks was raised in the projects, and has managed to do fairly well, and may even run for president. Jeff Bezos, I think, was adopted, built a business in his garage, and he has done all right too. Do you think their success was just a happy accident.

Do we need more instruction into how to pursue happiness, or even how to decide what we mean by happiness? How did we end up here?

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