February 21, 2018

Quote of the (well, you decide...)

Just catching up with the phenomenon that is Jordan Peterson. If you're looking for a good entry point, might I recommend this week's EconTalk.

And moving beyond your domain of immediate competence would be grandiose and destructive. And I believe that it often is. You know, these--we take 18-year-old kids, we put them in Ivy League universities, and we tell them to criticize the system and to act as political activists. And I look at that and I think, "God, you kids, you don't anything. You don't know anything. You've never had a job. You've never taken care of anyone, including yourself. You can't organize your own household. You've never read anything. You don't know how to write. You don't know how to think. But, it's okay: Your professors can tell you that, now you are in a position to criticize the foundations of Western civilization. It's like--it's horrifying."

Education Posted by John Kranz at February 21, 2018 6:12 PM

Let's remember the frontal lobe isn't fully developed until ~ 25 yrs. of age. I'm now convinced FB actively degrades it, or everyone becomes Benjamin Button, or both....

Posted by: nanobrewer at February 23, 2018 1:08 AM

I'll not argue with either.

One of my favorite books of all times is Michael Barone's "Hard America, Soft America." He points out that (Soft) America produces the most worthless 20-year-olds in the world, yet (Hard) America produces the most productive 30-year-olds. (He's speaking in averages and generalities, of course there are millions of exceptions).

I just think Peterson nails it that we ask the softies to remake the civilization.

Posted by: jk at February 23, 2018 10:59 AM | What do you think? [2]