Into the Lion’s Den

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Into the Lion's Den

So the king ordered Daniel to be brought and cast into the lions’ den. To Daniel he said, “Your God, whom you serve so con­stantly, must save you.” –Dan 6:17

Just in the past few weeks, we’ve seen Har­vard Uni­ver­sity defund and sus­pend the Har­vard Col­lege Faith and Action fel­low­ship, and we’ve seen Prov­i­dence Col­lege — a sup­pos­edly Catholic Col­lege — fail to sup­port a stu­dent who put up a bul­letin board affirm­ing Catholic teach­ing on mar­riage and the fam­ily. These are just two exam­ples of lib­er­als in acad­e­mia focus­ing more on their polit­i­cal advo­cacy and less on their respon­si­bil­i­ties to edu­cate stu­dents and pre­pare them to be pro­duc­tive cit­i­zens. Of course, much of acad­e­mia today is the prod­uct of the everybody-​gets-​a-​trophy cul­ture where self-​esteem has been con­sid­ered more impor­tant than actual accomplishment.

I have always believed that my chil­dren, who are college-​aged, would be suc­cess­ful in the world pre­cisely because they do not believe that they are owed any­thing. They have both worked extremely hard in school and other activ­i­ties to achieve their suc­cesses, and have a deep appre­ci­a­tion for hav­ing earned the rewards that come with those suc­cesses. This in turn moti­vates them to con­tinue work­ing hard to achieve even more. I couldn’t be more proud of them.

I used to think that once they grad­u­ate and go out into the “real world” that these qual­i­ties would set them apart from their peers and make them extra­or­di­nar­ily valu­able to poten­tial employ­ers. But that will only hap­pen if employ­ers are actu­ally look­ing for the qual­i­ties that will make their employ­ees pro­duc­tive and strong con­trib­u­tors to the suc­cess of the busi­ness. As much as I would love for my chil­dren to work at some­place like the next Google, I def­i­nitely do not want either of them to be the next James Damore. Unfor­tu­nately, unless col­lege admin­is­tra­tions keep expand­ing as they have been, there won’t be enough acad­e­mia jobs for all the SJWs grad­u­at­ing cur­rently, and they’ll wind up in indus­try (except for Women’s Stud­ies majors, of course). That means that my kids are going to have to deal with these peo­ple even after they graduate.

For­tu­nately, my kids are smart enough to know how the game is played. While they are strong enough to stick to their beliefs, they are smart enough to know when they are fight­ing a los­ing bat­tle. When you’re on a col­lege cam­pus, and some stu­dent is scream­ing at a pro­fes­sor about a Hal­loween cos­tume, or demand­ing a no-​whites-​allowed Safe Space, it’s pretty easy to tell that a rea­soned dis­cus­sion is not pos­si­ble and that the SJW screamer wouldn’t lis­ten to rea­son anyway.

It sad­dens me that they have to do this. But then again, this is also the rea­son that I write anony­mously. You play the hand that you’re dealt, and you try to get into a posi­tion where you can start to change the cul­ture. It’s going to take some time, but I’m proud to have raised two chil­dren whom I know will con­tinue the fight.

So the king ordered Daniel to be brought and cast into the lions’ den. To Daniel he said, “Your God, whom you serve so constantly, must save you.” -Dan 6:17

Just in the past few weeks, we’ve seen Harvard University defund and suspend the Harvard College Faith and Action fellowship, and we’ve seen Providence College – a supposedly Catholic College – fail to support a student who put up a bulletin board affirming Catholic teaching on marriage and the family. These are just two examples of liberals in academia focusing more on their political advocacy and less on their responsibilities to educate students and prepare them to be productive citizens. Of course, much of academia today is the product of the everybody-gets-a-trophy culture where self-esteem has been considered more important than actual accomplishment.

I have always believed that my children, who are college-aged, would be successful in the world precisely because they do not believe that they are owed anything. They have both worked extremely hard in school and other activities to achieve their successes, and have a deep appreciation for having earned the rewards that come with those successes. This in turn motivates them to continue working hard to achieve even more. I couldn’t be more proud of them.

I used to think that once they graduate and go out into the “real world” that these qualities would set them apart from their peers and make them extraordinarily valuable to potential employers. But that will only happen if employers are actually looking for the qualities that will make their employees productive and strong contributors to the success of the business. As much as I would love for my children to work at someplace like the next Google, I definitely do not want either of them to be the next James Damore. Unfortunately, unless college administrations keep expanding as they have been, there won’t be enough academia jobs for all the SJWs graduating currently, and they’ll wind up in industry (except for Women’s Studies majors, of course). That means that my kids are going to have to deal with these people even after they graduate.

Fortunately, my kids are smart enough to know how the game is played. While they are strong enough to stick to their beliefs, they are smart enough to know when they are fighting a losing battle. When you’re on a college campus, and some student is screaming at a professor about a Halloween costume, or demanding a no-whites-allowed Safe Space, it’s pretty easy to tell that a reasoned discussion is not possible and that the SJW screamer wouldn’t listen to reason anyway.

It saddens me that they have to do this. But then again, this is also the reason that I write anonymously. You play the hand that you’re dealt, and you try to get into a position where you can start to change the culture. It’s going to take some time, but I’m proud to have raised two children whom I know will continue the fight.