Monday, June 30, 2014

Pathological millennials and a Com-symp patriarch

A tale of two Western Christian heresies, old-school Marxism and the Cathedral (apostate Protestantism).

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  1. Anonymous1:25 am

    The problem with the millennials goes far deeper than just the usual problems of young-adult stupidity. There is something deeply flawed with that cohort, not everyone of course, but within the cohort as a whole. It is a combination of their relative secularization, the very effective and complete brainwashing they have received thanks to their educations, and the social atomization provided by the Internet. They have also been largely shielded from having to actually be adults -- living in Mommy's basement, on Daddy's medical insurance until they are 26 (26! My dad had fought in 2 wars by the time he was 26!), immune from real-world responsibilities. All of this combines to make them, again speaking of the entire cohort and acknowledging that there are exceptions within the cohort, extremely dangerous for the country. This is possibly the worst generation our society has yet produced.

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    1. As the mom of two millennials, I can't take *quite* such a jaundiced view! But it is true that my sons have been shielded from life's rough edges far more than I was -- and I was raised by a permissive Dr. Spock Mom.

      However, we were blue-collar, and my parents were in the process of separating, and my mom was struggling...so, if I wanted cute, stylish back-to-school clothes, I had to work for them. The minute I turned 16, I hopped on the Boston-and-Maine train and pounded the streets of Boston, looking for summer jobs. I ended up working two concurrent summer jobs -- both in my podunky hometown, not in Boston, alas -- one at an ice-cream counter and one at a salt-and-pepper factory. I was kind of a fashion-plate back then, so, at the end of summer, I took my earnings and splurged on a stylish fall wardrobe. That's where my parents' permissiveness comes in: They should have made me salt the $$ away for college. Instead, I spent it all at Filene's and Jordan Marsh. I can still vividly remember some of the dresses and shoes I bought. Ah youth.

      Meanwhile...fast-forward to TODAY: My older son, a rising senior at Alabama, has just nabbed his very first summer job. At age 21, almost 22! I must admit that he was *very, very* eager to get that job, and he put a lot of effort and initiative into getting it. At the same time, though, as he is sub-leasing a room in Tuscaloosa for the summer, and eating a lot of his meals out at fast-food joints and restaurants, he will just about break even when all is said and done, with maybe a tad to spare. So, financially, it's a wash. If we were as poor as my parents were, it simply wouldn't be feasible. We'd have to force him to come home and work at the local Food Lion. We definitely let him get away with more than we ever dreamed of getting away with ourselves, when we were his age!! (I'm talking fiscal-responsibility-wise.)

      During previous summers, he worked with my husband (his homeschool teacher) on his Latin and Greek and got a head start on his homework assignments for the following semester, so it wasn't as if he just slacked. But he had a pretty soft life compared with, oh, say, working in a salt-and-pepper factory.

      Younger son has been even more pampered and sheltered, natch, although he's on a year-round home-school schedule, so yeah, there's that. Physics and Latin during the summer are not a huge amount of fun.

      I dunno. It's a two-edged sword. Our kids are more sheltered than we were, sure. But OTOH...the world today is a far more dangerous place. When I finally did get a summer job in Boston (at age 17, at the Dunkin Donuts in Copley Square), I had a couple of hairy experiences. (Once, a cab driver tried to grab me, and I had to bolt out the door.) So, it was already fairly unsafe for a 17-year old kid from the suburbs, alone in the big city. Nowadays it would be a hundred times worse. So, yeah, our kids are more protected. But there's a lot more to protect them *from.*

      Sorry for rambling. It doesn't take much to get a geezeress to reminisce. :D

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  2. FWIW the Pope has been saying nice things about the Commies too.

    http://news.yahoo.com/pope-says-communists-closet-christians-142947603.html

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    1. Not quite the same thing, but whatever. It's always Tu Quoque whenever there's a legitimate criticism of Orthodoxy. When there's a criticism of Catholicism, OTOH.....

      FWIW...the Holy Father is saying what everybody knows: that Marxists are the inheritors of Judeo-Christian ethics. Duhh.

      That's a pretty far cry from giving a brutal Communist an Honor and Glory award -- something no pope would dream of doing. But...whatever. Can't argue with ex-Catholic anti-Catholics. It never pays.

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    2. From a friend:

      "A very perceptive comment on the Pope's part. It isn't just that communism has hijacked a core value of the Christian message, which it has. It is that communism itself seeks to create, through human and totalitarian means, what the Gospel promises will be created by God's love and grace. But yes, communism is in its essence a distortion of the Christian message (and the Pope isn't the first person to point this out)."

      And Diane's right.

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