The View From 1776

Bad Advice from Graduation Speakers

The two worst admonitions commencement speakers can give to graduating students are “Go out and change the world,” and “Go into public service.”

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/29 at 01:16 AM
  1. Yes, this post is right in its opinion. The world does gain more from dialectical materialism than dialectical idealism.

    I agree, as I am sure The View does, judging from its post above. However, in the past The View has viewed full blown dialectical materialism as a destroyer of American morals and the American way of life.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/29  at  09:42 AM
  2. If you actually read Obama's address, he was not advocating becoming a government bureaucrat, as the post seems to imply. He was advocating serving your fellow man to make the world better. Quoting,

    "There are so many ways to serve and so much need at this defining moment in our history. Right here at Wesleyan, many of you have already volunteered at local schools, contributed to United Way, and even started a program that brings fresh produce to needy families in the area. One hundred and sixty-four graduates of this school have joined the Peace Corps since 2001, and I
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/29  at  02:23 PM
  3. Mr. Henrie, Jesus Christ never advocated becoming part of a collectivist, atheistic government as a way to fulfill the commandment to love thy neighbor as thyself. In fact, he said render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, i.e., pay your taxes, but do your duty as an individual.

    Your interpretation suggests that Jesus would have said to the disciples, don't worry about helping the poor, sick, and otherwise needy; join the Roman Legion and let the Empire do it.

    Since the advent of socialism in this country under Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, generations have been schooled to believe that only a secular and socialist political state is capable of caring for people. That is belied by history.

    The facts, in brief, are that prior to 1933 there were tens of thousands of local charitable and self-help organizations, some in every community of the United States.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/29  at  04:20 PM
  4. Obama knows that youth is a season owned by ignorance and a carnal-ego with appetites. They do not have a mind of their own since they have yet, in most cases, not encountered principles that win their loyalties and priorities of heart and mind.

    Obama's audiences drool at his every word. Adults find him empty of substance and merit at a thoughtful level that transcends materialism, ego, and personal values that define individual value and uniqueness. Yes, he is Mr. Slick.

    But, he will be found out, either soon - or sadly later...

    The ignorant youth (and some old farts) need principles of measure, for human thought is no better than that choice, since it is not, nor can be, humanly invented.

    Care to try?

    semper fidelis
    vincit veritas
    a follower of The Lion of Judah
    Posted by Jim Baxter  on  05/29  at  06:27 PM
  5. Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/30  at  05:26 PM
  6. I thought David Airth's epigram rather cleverly caught the essence of Thomas' advice - Don't follow Obama's advice to help your fellow man (because it might smack of socialism) - go for the materialist rewards.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/30  at  05:51 PM
  7. Mr, Henrie, it shouldn't bother me, but it does when you or anyone deliberately distorts what I have written. You can certainly disagree with me and argue against my position, but please keep it honest.

    Perhaps you did not read my comment number 3 in reply to your first comment.

    Had you done so, there is no way you or anyone could truthfully say that I advocated not helping our fellows, or that I advocated instead going for materialist rewards.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/31  at  02:08 AM
  8. The greatest block to discovering the pleasures of serving others is a self-centered ego with an inferiority complex and its large appetite. That is the natural state of every human being coming into a corrupt world that teaches self-exaltation as an excused 'virtue.'

    There is no way out of replacing ego-centric thought with just another opinion or idea.

    Unless the personal self is replaced with a/the superior Person, failure and disappointment will result. And, unless superior worthiness is recognized, no one can even be humble to that Person. Humility is the natural rsult of recognizing Superiority - not an act, or a ritualistic behavior.

    The humanist works very hard at self-imposed ignorance because he needs a sense of self-justification (excuse) for maintaining non-responsibility. (Note the humanistic critical writings on these pages.)

    The Lord says, "They are without excuse."

    semper fidelis
    vincit veritas
    a follower of The Lion of Judah
    Posted by Jim Baxter  on  05/31  at  10:40 AM
  9. Bob, you have a point and thanks for sharpening the point.

    It is true that dialectic means logic and when it was used in the phrase 'dialectical materialism' it was thought that logic would prevail. But seldom has the world been initially moved by logic to do the common sense thing. Logic comes perversely, as an afterthought and the aftermath of illogical behavior, like wars. For instances, the Second World War was in the realm of illogical thinking but resulted in galvanizing the idealism of the United Nations and other instruments of peaceful cooperation. Perhaps the phrase instead should be 'churning materialism' because that better describes how the world has changed and evolved upward and more logical, like in the instance of the triumph of liberal democracy over communism. In that instance the materialism of liberal democracy churned its way to being the logical conclusion for governing the world.

    Ayn Rand recognized that dialectical materialism made the world better, not the raw idealism of man. Like you said, and she also believed, idealism is achieve through material means, like the acts of commerce and the exchange of money between individuals. That material exchange between people, she rightly recognized, delivered and entrenched the idealism people craved, like freedom and the respect from one's peers and government, which one deserves. Adam Smith said much the same thing.

    The social cohesion of the United States has been achieve through the churning materialism of commerce and economics. The idealist words of the Declaration of Independence did help. But it was the materialistic pursuits of happiness and property that has ultimately realized that goal.

    To use your analogy, 9/11 was a materialist act that achieved an idealism, furthering human cooperation and accommodation. The unifying of the world did not end after that event as many had predicted, but expanded instead.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/31  at  12:56 PM
  10. A dialect is not logic. It is a personal interpretation without reference to criteria, universal or otherwise. Your chosen dialect is based on a need for self-absolvement and non-responsibility, ala Bill Clinton's dialect re "is."

    Logic is no better than pre-chosen criteria, which is absent from dialectical materialism, or any ill-purposed dialectic.

    You are an obvious sub for Airth. Patty-cake pity-buddy?

    semper fidelis
    vincit veritas
    a follower of The Lion of Judah
    Posted by Jim Baxter  on  05/31  at  01:38 PM
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