Not long ago, Dennis Prager spent nearly a full hour of his radio show reviewing his abhorrence to any education based upon pumping up self esteem as the ‘project’ goal. He, with his usual alas associated with such bummer ideas such as self esteem pumping, reminded his listeners that pumping air results in more air, not better behavior, more air, not more useful knowledge, more air and not any better moral expressions to become a foundation and opportunity to become a more decent person, a more knowledgeable citizen, and successful neighbor and parent and partner for life.
I was raised Protestant. I’m proud to have been raised Protestant for all of the means by which I have been made a better person……….except for, perhaps, pride. (and a few others I am certain my detractors can dig up). Even my friends tell me I was a poor Protestant in the pride business. I view myself as a traditional American….and a lucky one at that.
I was trained to believe in deeds over which I forever will be judged. I was to carry myself as an equal except in my labor the only arena in which I was allowed to have pride…….not in myself, but what I had created from my labor.
I was never to be the center of attention unless I was on stage earning my living. (My German Lutheran mother always made a personal allowance for that. She and my father met at Friedman’s Super Market downtown St. Paul where she worked as a cashier, having finished school at age 13. It turned out they both loved to dance and so competed together in ball room dancing competitions during the Roaring Twenties.)
One was to control ones pride and stay away from crowds. One must never dwell in self esteem. Esteem, I was told, is what I needed to earn from others from my accomplishments and good deeds .
“Self esteem is false esteem!” or “You seem to be thinking awfully highly of yourself today, G.H. Ray!” she’d stab accompanied with a tone which in itself would almost send me to an early grave. They were two favorite putdowns from the talents of this German Lutheran Mother.
I confess I recovered quickly after every foray.
Which comes to the task of this writing. Looking through the political scraps I have saved over the years, I came across this following one on the front page of the B section of the Pioneer Press probably about 15 years ago:
GIRLS BOLSTER SELF-ESTEEM AT CONFERENCE…….BY Katherine Lampher, staff columnist…
Katherine Lampher was a quick mouthed light thinking University oriented Lefty of the day with a pleasant radio voice, which means she would appear on public radio at sometime or another.
“New York: Most of the participants in the first National Girls Conference are used to studying history, not making it. After all, they are still in school.
But the girls who gathered this weekend at the UNICEF House in Manhattan – 125 of them, ranging in age from 8 to 17, from homes as diverse as an American Indian reservation and a fisheries town in Alaska – are more than up to their task: to craft a platform of action that will mark their hopes and dreams for th years ahead, both for themselves and for the girls who follow them.
“What we have here today is the first national beginning of the girls’ movement,” says contemporary founding feminist ?Gloria Steinem.
The conference is modeled after the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Converence for Women, when 45,000 women and men attended meetings in Beijing. But for many of the women who helped the girls plan and rung the meetings here, the conference reminds them of the beginning of the women’s movement itself in this country a few decades ago.
Then, women sat in living rooms and began to talk about their lives. This weekend, girls sat in meeting rooms across the street from the United Nations and talked about their lives.
One of them was 12-year old Lisa Ly of Inver Grove Heights, who took part in a workshop about girls’ rights and found herself talking about the teasing she takes from a group of boys at her school, who make fun of her because she is Hmong.
“I get a lot of put-downs in schools,” she says matter -of -factly. “It’s because I look different.”
It’s hard to deal with, she says, because the taunts hurt her and if she complains, the teasing gets worse. She tries to stay quiet, she says, hoping no one will notice her. When she hears about studies that show many girls quit speaking up for themselves in their preteens, she nod her head.”
Unfortunately, the article here stops and is replaced with: “Lanpher continued on 6A
Page 6A apparently didn’t show up with this excerpt.
In brief Katherine Lampher was an idiot. The “ladies”, or femmy Marxist males, who probably organized this “Conference”…..and its eight year old participants…..should have been sent to girls’ camp to learn how to skin a moose. and become useful in life. Only females and lefty men could be so natively nutty as to put this piece for 8 to 17 year old girls, in New York together.
Many females I know even a few conservative ones are gassed up almost exclusively by the air of self-esteem by just being a female and that is it. Wow, what an accomplishment! I wonder if they ever thanked their Dads?
I am a profound believer that the worst thing that ever happened to America is not the Civil War, because a good overwhelmed the bad from its results. It is the foul, poisonous revolution led by sexual, mental and political misfits like Betty Friedan, a Communist at that, the nut, Andrea Dworkin, and Gloria Steinem and all of the hate, stupidity and its garbage that was the Feminist movement unleashed with twenty years of insanity leading to the collapse of stable America culturally and politically and to the America we have today where up is down and good is bad……it is all a matter of feelings. They all became a powerful force ruining the traditional Democrat Party of John Kennedy.
On the other hand Ted Kennedy was a total female at heart.
Now, nearly every American institution of “higher” learning houses a Department of Women’s Studies, where anybody can get pumped up with female self esteem and become a Marxist.
Arnold Toynbee claimed, “Great civilizations are not murdered. They commit suicide.”
That suicide is guaranteed when a civilization’s females gain power. No longer is the society led by problem solvers and leaders of courage and strength who can recognize and separate the wheat from the chaff, who have the ability to use these gifts best when needed. Every once in a while a qualified female problem solver shows up……Maggie Thatcher and Golda Meier come to mind. Few enough men do despite their advamtages.
The rest of the female sex mean well, but they are natively distsy and their presence during difficult times encourages males to appear likewise.
Girls scream when they play outdoors…..scream naturally as nature’s way of teaching her to announce to all she need’s help. By nature the human female is not generally equipped to combine wile and knowledge with the power of memory to act wisely.
Men can be trained to be coddled and womanish…..look at the American Leftwing male population as an example. Look at who we are in Washington D. C. these days. When the society itself, especially its females are pumped up with stinking air of self esteem the future of ones culture is in trouble. Decision making disappears. Emotions begin to govern…..Emotions are taught both to female and male young to replace thinking and problem solving…..society is doomed.
Self esteem training becomes superior to learning history.