FT202: “You can’t indulge selfishness, narcissism and hedonism and expect the young to give up their life of consumption and gratification.” —Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 27th, 2013

Fundamental Truth

The Generation that won World War II Sacrificed and Saved for the Future

The generation that lived through the Great Depression and World War II were a hardy people.  They knew a thing or two about sacrifice.  And going without.  For their wants often went unfulfilled.  And they were a skinny people.  As there was not a lot of food to eat.  First because of the Great Depression.  When people could barely afford to stay alive.  And then World War II.  Where the government rationed almost everything for the war effort.

So they spent little.  Saved what they could.  Got used to not having what they wanted.  And always worked hard for a better future.  Sound familiar?  No.  Of course not.  No one’s like this today.  That hardy generation survived the Great Depression and won World War II.  Making the world safe for democracy to flourish.  Their free market capitalism made a prosperous world of plenty.  So their children would never have to live in a world they had lived in.  As it turned out, though, that was a mistake.

Their children were not like their parents.  These baby boomers were not as hardy as their parents were.  While they struggled and went without the baby boomers didn’t.  The baby boomers became the Me Generation.  Because it was all about them.  They rejected the hard work and sacrifice of their parents.  And didn’t save for a better tomorrow.  No.  For them it was all about the here and now.

The Me Generation rebelled against their Parents and became Anti-Parents

The Me Generation didn’t save like their parents.  They spent.  Changing the economy forever.  From one made strong and healthy driven by private savings that banks converted into investment capital.  To a Keynesian one.  Where Keynesian economists viewed savings as economic leaks from the economy.  No.  Spending was better.  Consumption was better than saving.  Besides, what did we have to save for anymore with the Federal Reserve printing money?  And the government paying our way for us in retirement?

The Me Generation was only too happy to help transform the government from one of savings and investment to one of consumptionand gratification.  And they lived Life in the Fast Lane (by Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey and Don Henley, recorded by the Eagles in 1976 on the studio album Hotel California).   “Everything all of the time.”  And when that wasn’t enough there was cocaine to fill the remaining emptiness.  “There were lines on the mirror, lines on her face.”  Sometimes the drug use became so intense it interfered with another past time of the Me Generation.  Sex.  “He was too tired to make it, she was too tired to fight about it.”

So while their parents won the Second World War they were partying and getting high and having as much casual sex as their excessive drug use allowed.  And because of it the Seventies gave us a new drug in the Eighties.  Crack.  And a war on drugs.  As well as AIDS.  Thank you, Me Generation.  For rebelling against your parents and becoming anti-parents.  Destroying our past culture and traditions.  And our religion.  Just so you can have “everything all of the time.”  Right now.  Without ever waiting to gratify an urge or desire.

Obamacare will Fail because the Young won’t give up their Life of Consumption and Gratification

The counterculture (i.e., the anti-parents) movement then entered academia.  Took over the curriculum in our public schools.  And our colleges and universities.  Where they taught our kids that everything their parents told them was wrong.  That they are destroying the environment.  That American imperialism is the greatest threat to world peace.  That the Founding Fathers were rich white slave owners who wrote the Constitution to further their greed.  That free market capitalism is cruel, callous and unfair.  While government is kind, feeling and fair.

The Me Generation learned something valuable as they entered academia.  And government.  That there are a lot of young people who vote.  And because many of them grew up already rebelling against their parents they pushed these people closer to them.  The anti-parents.  Helping them to hold on to political power.  So they appealed to all the things young people want.  Such as sex.  By providing free birth control and access to abortion.  They attack Christianity and tell their students there is nothing wrong with their life of consumption and gratification.  And, of course, they favor decriminalizing drugs.  And are making great headway in that area with marijuana.  I mean, kids just love the Democrats.  For they indulge their every want and desire.  Without parenting them to sacrifice and save for their future.  Like their insufferable parents.

So our young have never been defined more by selfishness, narcissism and hedonism.  Always living for the moment.  Without a care in the world for the future.  Making even the Me Generation seem selfless.  Who lived in relative anonymity in their narcissistic world.  Unlike today’s youth.  Who can’t survive without Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.   And must share every iota of their existence with the entire world.  Because it’s all about them.  The world revolves around them and the pursuit of their life of consumption and gratification.  So it is rather ironic that the very thing that keeps Democrats in power—indulging in the youth voters’ selfishness, narcissism and hedonism—could deal such a threatening blow to their power.  For Obamacare to work they need these young voters to be more like their parents and less like the people they are.  Thanks to the Democrat indoctrination in our public schools, colleges and universities.  To sacrifice some of their wants and desires to help their parent’s generation.  To consume less.  So the people they rebelled against can have free medical care.

This is why Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) will fail.  The young and healthy do not want to give up their life of consumption and gratification.  Which means they’re not buying health insurance.  Only the old and sick are.  Because they need health care.  While the young and healthy don’t.  So they are not going to buy costly health insurance policies that they feel they will never use.  Instead they’ll pay the lower-cost fine.  So they can continue to live their life of consumption and gratification.  That the Democrats told them all their life was what they should do.  Not to save for the future.  Or sacrifice.  For their parents.  Their community.  Or their God.  So the Affordable Care Act will fail.  Because you can’t indulge selfishness, narcissism and hedonism and expect the young to give up their life of consumption and gratification.

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FT109: “Liberals attack marriage and motherhood because their narcissism prevents them from doing either well.” -Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 16th, 2012

Fundamental Truth

The Institution of Marriage is the Original Synergy where the Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts

A bird’s life is not an easy one.  They have to suffer through horrible storms.  Struggle to find food during the winter.  Stay on guard at all times lest some cat eats them.  They have to build a nest every spring to lay their eggs in.  And raise their babies.  Find food for them.  Protect them.  Then teach them how to be a bird.  And kick them out of the nest so they learn how to use their wings.  As they fly off into the cruel world to start their own short and hard lives.  Leaving the mothers to do it all over again next year.

It’s not quite the same for humans.  They don’t grow up so fast.  And require a whole lot more nurturing.  For the human baby is about the most helpless of all babies in the animal kingdom.  Requiring far more care and teaching before they can go off on their own.  And live their own lives.  Where the bird takes a few months it takes the human about 18 years.  So raising children is a bit different.  And a bit more involved.  Requiring a lot more effort and work on the part of the parents.

Enter the institution of marriage.  The most basic division of labor.  A man and a woman join in marriage to raise children.  The original synergy.  Where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  From the most basic biological level.  (The woman has eggs but cannot create life without fertilization.  A man has fertilization but cannot create life with eggs.)  To financial.  (A woman cannot work when bringing new life into the world.  So the father works to pay the bills and provide a home for the new life.)  To parenting.  (Men and women are different and bring different skills to parenting.  This diversity makes children better adapted to enter the world.)

Liberals are more likely to abort their Babies and Divorce as they are too Competitive and Aggressive to arrest their Alpha Desires

Raising children isn’t easy.  Both mother and father have to make great sacrifices in their personal lives for their children.  And to support each other.  Which means parents have to love their children and each other more than they love themselves.  Which is why narcissists make poor spouses.  And poor parents.  Because they can’t sacrifice enough of their self-love to be a good spouse.  Or a good parent.

Liberals are narcissists.  They believe in big government.  As long as they run it.  Because they think they are smarter than everyone else.  And should tell everyone else how to live their lives.  Atheists tend to be liberals.  (Not all for the followers of Ayn Rand are typically atheists, too.)  Because they refuse to live in a world where there is a higher power than theirs.  Celebrities tend to be liberals because they yearn for the fawning adulation of their fans.  College professors tend to be liberals because they enjoy the fawning veneration of their students.  Artists tend to be liberals for the fawning admiration of their fans.  Women advancing in the corporate or political world tend to be liberals because they love to bask in the self-satisfaction of making it ‘in a man’s world’.  And the accolades that go with it.  Further stroking their already huge egos.  You see, everything a liberal does is to feed their narcissism.  Everything is about them.  And getting married or having kids isn’t.  Which is why they can pursue excellence in all other endeavors but these.

Liberals are alpha males.  In a non-physical, narcissistic way.  Even the women.  Where the liberal feminist wants to be everything a man can be.  Everything is a competition.  To prove that they are better than everyone else.  And to show everyone that they’ve made it.  Especially to those who have bested them earlier in their lives.  From the bullies in school.  To the boys and girls who wouldn’t date them.  To the talented geeks that went on to be entrepreneurial geniuses.  And billionaires.  To the men who have always had the best careers.  And the best stuff.  But now it’s payback time.  Where the expression ‘the best revenge is living well’ really means something.  Which explains why liberals are more likely to abort their babies.  And have their marriages end in divorce.  They are just too competitive and too aggressive to arrest their alpha desires.  To knock that chip off of their shoulders.  To let go of their anger.  Their ambition.  Too consumed with their own existence to share their only love (self-love) with a spouse.  Or a child.  In their all out pursuit of liberal happiness.  Affirmation.  That they do matter.  That they have a purpose.  That they are special.

Liberals think Happily Married Women raising Families are just too Stupid to Know that they should be as Miserable as they Are

Liberals want to get married.  And have children.  But on their terms.  Where it doesn’t interfere with their lives.  Or change them.  Or inconvenience them.  They enter into these arrangements with the idea that they will remain the center of the universe. 

Celebrities are always getting married.  And having children.  Which proves that they like the institution of marriage.  And children.  But their marriages often end in divorce.  And their subsequent custody battles are often ugly.  And aired in public.  Which is why liberals condemn the stay-at-home mother.  Who gives up on being everything she could be.  To be the only thing that liberals can’t be.  Happily married and raising a family. 

And that’s what really bugs them.  They’re happy.  To a liberal this is just not fair.  They’re the ones who should be happy.  Because they matter.  They’re special.  They have the nicer stuff.  And what really gets in their craw is that these happily married women raising families are just too stupid to know that they should be as miserable as they are.

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