Tell me something I DON’T know

A study was released a few days ago outlining how today’s college students are more narcissistic than their predecessors. Well DUUUUUH. Anyone who is a parent of one of these creatures knows full well the wrath one faces when you say words like “responsibility” or “respect” or “morality” or heaven forbid, the granddaddy bad-word of them all: “BUDGET.”

It starts in grade school. What’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine and we’re all the most special little people in the world. Mamacita uses school supplies to teach a lesson in responsibility:

This business of everything being community property in the classroom causes problems in the upper levels, too. Junior high, high school, even college students, are expecting things to be available for them without any effort on their part. Upper level students come to class without pencils, erasers, etc, because they’re used to having those things always available in some community bin somewhere in the room. They have never been required, or allowed, to maintain their own things, and now they don’t know how to. The stuff was always just THERE, for a student to help himself to. And now that they are supposed to maintain their own, they really don’t know how. Plus, why should they? HEY, I need a pencil, Teach, gimme one.

Well, it worked down in the lower grades, with community property. You just get up and help yourself; everything in this room is for me, ain’t it? Gimme that pretty one, I want it.

Just look at this list of “character traits” of a typical college-aged narcissist. Numbers 17 and 18 are especially enlightening. There’s an old saying; “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” Years ago, when I was in college (you know when the Model T was new and women couldn’t vote but had to wear corsets), I went off on a long weekend with a large group of friends. We stayed at a parent’s (not mine) very nice lake house. I got up for breakfast on Sunday, and the host (the son) had on the most interesting apron. It was red, stained with flour and imprinted with “You can lead a whore to culture, but you can’t make her think.” For years, I’ve mulled over that saying. At different stages of my like, it took on different meanings. While it’s witty and a play on words, it’s also very, very true. Today’s students, like the celebrities they worship and politicians as well, are like the whores. Most have no sense of propriety or morality – it’s all about ME ME ME and what’s in it for ME. In their middle and high school years, grades were handed to them simply for showing up and not packing heat. Teachers weren’t respected and admired; merely reviled and tolerated. Parents gave them cars and clothes and cell phones and credit cards. Parents stopped being parents and tried to be pals; only to be cast aside like last week’s BFF when the credit limit was reached. No wonder so many colleges are out of control. College stopped being the place you went to expand your mind and grow up in a relatively protected environment to a perpetual Mardi Gras. The lines of authority and accountability are blurred to such a point, that no one knows who’s minding the zoo.

Is it any wonder that the product of such fine institutions of “high”-er learning are producing graduates who can barely communicate, but expect their first job out of the chute to be able to support a lifestyle complete with a BMW and a downtown loft. Either that, or they retreat into the Failure to Launch pattern. Regardless, they have such over-inflated opinions of themselves that they resemble…yes… yes.. POLITICIANS? I could link ad nauseum, to politicians who legislate morality for everyone but themselves, who continually “mis-speak” (LIE for those not versed in the current PC-ese), who rewrite history based on the latest fashionable political view, who publish books filled with mistruths, who use money and power for their own corrupt agendas and on and on and on… Political narcissism has been elevated to an art form.

But wait, it gets even better. The Grand PooBah of them all, is channeling Pinky. Really! He honestly believes he can take over the world. Yes, gentle reader, hold on to your shorts. Al Gore, the self-proclaimed Savior of the World, Inventor of the Internet and Supreme WeatherMaker, wins the prize for the World’s Greatest Narcissist. What a fabulous award! And it’s just perfect! The chilling part is he’s been planning this for a very long time. The global-warming facade is just his cover for what he’s really up to. RiehlWorldView and Mark Stein lay out the entire Orwellian game plan. It’s all about the MONEY. You control the MONEY, you control the world, the press, the governments, everything. Kinda like the Sheriff of Nottingham, but with bad hair and an enormous, inflated ego.

Which brings us full circle, at least for today. Just read the shrinks (Siggy, Dr Sanity, Shrinkwrapped, Neo) for an in-depth analysis. Just have a seat on the couch. And amid the voices in your head, all screaming ME ME ME ME, learn to say one word to the demons within and without.




  1. Fausta said,

    March 8, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Actually, it was the Brain who wanted to take over the world. Pinky was his loyal friend and sidekick, who once gave him a little world ornament as a Christmas gift.

    And I’m very good at saying “No” when necessary.


  2. Obi's Sister said,

    March 8, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    Oh I know….I just relate to Pinky better.

    Brain: Pinky, are you thinking what I’m thinking….?
    Pinky: Yes, Brain, but burlap chafes me so…..


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