04 March 2009

Living In A State Of Denial

Some folks live in a state of denial when it comes to acknowledging that political correctness is infecting public discourse and education. Many also deny that public schools are force feeding leftist ideology; due in part to political correctness.

These folks should get out more. Story related to this poster here.

And then there was the university that recently said that Bible club members could not be required to be exclusively Christian. Don't believe it - its all just a figment of your imagination. Just another right-wing boogie-man. Story here.


Justin said...

Your posted photo is a simple but powerful metaphor. Appropriately, I recently read a passage that describes the social path we are on:

Max Planck observed "a new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it." Academia has embraced a new secular system and has done a better job of teaching its system of thought to each new generation...

...Several months before the October Revolution in 1917, on the eve of the revolution the Russian philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev sadly declared that simple people had become nihilists and atheists. They had lost their faith because "the sacred had been exterminated from the people's soul both from the left and from the right, which prepared this cynical attitude toward the the sacred that is now being revealed in all its disgust." We can identify with Nikolai Berdyaev's assessment because for the past forty-two years "the sacred has been exterminated" from our souls as well.

- from Fr. Deacon Ezra. "These Things We Believe., Regina Press 2008. pp 12,13.

I refrain from commenting too much on this topic, else I will be typing all day.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...


Excellent comment and observation. Yes, it is quite powerful isn't it? Think how that kid must feel. He likely feels one of two ways: 1.) Like he did something wrong and has had his work and thoughts "shamed" by school (government) officials, or 2.) His resolve, with the support of his parents, will be strengthened and he's now angry toward the school (government) and his teachers. Is either one a good thing? No, though the latter if preferable, as long as he channels his anger constructively - again, with the help of his parents.

Note the non-logic of the reasoning behind such idiocy. They (government) don't want to "offend" other children, so they shame (and offend) this one, while in all actuality, had they just left it alone, there would have been no problems.

It's disgraceful. It's insane. What is even more amazing is the non-thinking who deny that pc is a real threat to expression and discourse in our society. Of course, most of those doing the denying are themselves guilty perpetrators.

Thanks again for your very thoughtful post.


Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Justin - a "PS" to my response to your post:

"Academia has embraced a new secular system and has done a better job of teaching its system of thought to each new generation..."

Which is one of the reasons we chose to homeschool. Our children avoided the government school's indoctrination.

Justin said...

Hi Richard,

We've actually discussed something similar with local friends, except instead of 100% homeschooling, putting together a supplemental afterschool or saturday thing, and draw on our professional, travel, and language experiences. Then recently we found this book which gave us great encouragement:

The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Justin - Personally, I prefer the 100% option, but this is definitely a good idea. If you try it, let me know how it works. My oldest daughter, who has a BA in history and a teaching certificate, homeschools her 4 girls, but on Friday, their church sponsors a "Homeschool Co-Op" where parents can bring their kids, get additional help with certain subjects, as well as do some group activities. It works very well and they typically have 40+ kids in attendance.

We used a similar book with our children.

Justin said...


I do like the 100% option, especially after knowing kids that blew away their public-school counterparts in testing. :) Its just a logistical issue for us at the moment. Thanks for the info on your church. That is very encouraging!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I understand Justin. I'm a believer and cheerleader for homeschooling, but it's not easy, though it is VERY rewarding for those who can do it and are committed to it 110% - and it does take that kind of commitment.

I hope it works out well with you. Thanks again for your contribution here.