Reality is something that seems crystal clear when we are very young but becomes increasingly difficult to determine as we age.
What is reality? I am very aware that it is a matter of perspective, your reality may be in line with mine on some issues, poles apart on others.
Two articles this week got me thinking about reality.
Both articles are a mix of fact and opinion, written from the authors’ perspectives, coloured by their biases. My interpretation comes from my perspective, with my own biases.
However in that mix of facts, opinions and biases, there is some reality.
The first by Carol Brown, in American Thinker is about the Swedish Authorities attempts to deny that the fatal stabbing of a social worker by a Moslem migrant at a refugee centre was an act of Islamic terrorism. Even conceding that it may not have been a planned terrorist attack, by no stretch of the imagination can it be called “an accident”.
That’s what the authorities are trying to call it.
The reality is that it was a deliberate act of murder by a migrant who may or may not have been a genuine refugee and was certainly an ungrateful recipient of Swedish hospitality. The police are refusing to show the murderer’s country of origin on the grounds it may “inflame passions”.
The growing backlash in Europe against the flood of Islamic migrants is already inflaming passions and will do more than inflame them if these cover-ups continue..
This is a blatant example of censorship and propaganda. The latest in a string of similar examples.
The second article was by Sadies Ceng in substance about “slackitude” defined as:
(N.) Referring to Student Attitudes: Expecting to be able to Slack-off & Make CEO, Top-Dollar Salaries
The author is a student herself. She honestly describes the pressures, distractions, desires, disdain for hard work and sense of entitlement that many students experience.
I believe that the condition described in this article is a direct consequence of the censorship and propaganda described in the first.
The reality is that it has always been difficult for most students, difficult for many to get accepted at any university, to pay for their studies, to find time between tiring jobs to study. Difficult to pass exams, difficult to find well-paying jobs and satisfying careers.
Costs are higher today than for earlier generations, but so are salaries.
The reality of the situation for students is that a higher percentage of the population are graduating from high school and obtaining bachelors degrees.
High school graduates have increased from 50% in the late 1960s when my generation completed high school to 88% in 2014 and those with bachelors degrees from 10% to 32%. source – Wikipedia.
Calculate the effect of an increased total population, greater numbers of graduates, automation, technological advances and the export of many types of work over the same period. It is not surprising that graduates today have difficulty in finding jobs to their liking.
The reality of life
The reality of life for the majority of the world’s population is that it is hard.
Censoring news items by politically correct media and governments to hide uncomfortable truths about Islamic terrorism, slacking students or harsh employment prospects is as dishonest as censorship of battlefront news was during WWII or the Vietnam war.
Continually telling students how unfortunate they are to be faced with astronomical tuition costs, intense competition for jobs and long working hours is not helpful. Guiding many of them towards other career options that do not need degrees, might serve them better.
Censoring news to portray the world as one big, happy play room where violence and hardship are merely, infrequent bouts of bad behaviour is short-sighted.
The reality for much of the world is that violence and hardship are part of the normal condition. They have been for most of the world’s population ever since man got up on his hind legs and developed language.
The sooner students and all those who feel “entitled” realise that, the sooner some sort of reality will return.
Despite the pressures faced by today’s students, in many ways, they have faced little adversity compared to earlier generations. One example; few in the first world have had to face military conscription as many baby boomers did.
Intrusive legislation that attempts to protect children from harm has only succeeded in removing risk and the ability to think for themselves. It has stopped them exploring, playing unattended, experiencing minor physical injuries, and losing in competitions. It has denied them the opportunity to develop resilience, perseverance and determination.
Some degree of adversity, discomfort and exposure to the realities of life is essential for growth and success. Too few people today are experiencing them. They are too busy being distracted by electronic devices and too sheltered by a society scared of allowing the truth to offend someone from a different religion or race.
My reality is that the West must wake up. The USA must choose a leader who will guide the country back into its place as the superpower it was from the end of WWII until the early years of the 21st Century. The alternative is too horrible to contemplate.
Research graphic courtesy Stuart Miles / freedigitalphotos.net