When pondering the hot mess police response in Uvalde, Texas, one of my sons said something damning. He said the kids in the school were braver than the adults in uniform. We then discussed why. We concluded there was a time when the natural fearlessness of children was formed and shaped into bravery, sacrifice, honor, duty and loyalty. Not always perfectly, but that was the goal.
Today, that natural fearlessness of children is formed and shaped by Wall Street, Hollywood, our schools and universities and even many of our churches into cowardliness, narcissism, nihilism, hedonism and decadence. Had those poor children been outside their school, I feel they would have charged forth blindly to save their classmates. It took growing up and being weaned in our post-modern nation to get the response from adults that we witnessed. Though the bravery of those who did act shows that, like old teaching, the new hedonism doesn't always stick either.
I thought of that when I saw the below speech. It's from a Harvard undergrad. According to John C. Wright, it was met with stunned silence. Because she is spot on. And we all know it. And those who have surrendered and consigned future generations to tyranny and oppression and squalor know it, too.
Kudos young woman. You are a credit to those who waded ashore at Normandy and in every other conflict that was waged to keep us free. You're better than the schools, culture, corporations and even religious traditions that raised you.