One of the mantras that threatens to turn my mind to mush is the sign redefining greatness. It reads,
“You are created for greatness, so release your inner Super Hero.”It is like they watched Tony the Tiger chanting, “Greeeeaaaaattttt!!!!” so many times that they believe it.
The basic idea, which is central to post-modern education, is that we are all full of miraculous potential and it is only the chains of Christian culture that are holding us back. We believe that if we say it often enough and believe it in our hearts, it becomes truth. Just ignore the fact that also defines sexual harassment.
Last year we had a mantra about all students being exceptional. As one of my students pointed out, “If everyone is exceptional then no one is exceptional.” I asked her how old she was and marveled that she understood life better than our leaders.
When you see the snowflakes on our university campuses demanding safe spaces remember that they have been told for years that they are created for greatness and the assumption is that they will be honored for that greatness even if they do nothing. Anything that threatens that greatess is to be condemned. Next time you need to hire someone or pick a plumber remember that if they are young enough they believe they are awesome. If they don’t measure up that doesn’t mean working harder. It means redefining the word.
Remember that an average airline pilot has had 100% success so far.
homo unius libri