The College Admissions Scandal Might not be the Result of Concerned Parenting

Once, I heard an advert on the radio that was a little too obvious.  The person speaking was advising parents to bring their children to an audition for some TV or movie thing, to help your children fulfill their dreams (wording not exact). It sounded to me as if stage parents were being encouraged to put their kids on public display, as well as to lie about their own intentions.  Dreams of an Oscar or Emmy were going through the heads of many parents, while some of those kids must have been thinking, This is so embarrassing.  If they pick me, my … Continue reading The College Admissions Scandal Might not be the Result of Concerned Parenting

The Spoiled Rich Kid Who Might be Anyone

Most of us dislike Donald Trump.  He’s an overprivileged slob who doesn’t mind holding federal employees and the rest of the country hostage to carry out an absurd agenda. Some of us can recall times when our lives were damaged by people of privileged backgrounds who placed entitlement before respect or empathy.  We were good to them, but when we needed some small favor in return we were told, “Gee, I’m busy right now,” or worse, “How dare you?” It can be more extreme than that, but for the sake of brevity I’ll stick to general examples. Depending on whether … Continue reading The Spoiled Rich Kid Who Might be Anyone

Respected Institutions and Hate

At the moment, Cornell University has its hands full.  So does a man who was allegedly beaten and called a racist slur by one of Cornell’s students.  That man and an entire institution must recover now (in different ways), and it won’t be easy for either.  There’s also a question of due process for the student who is accused of beating that man. I’d better admit I have a bias, and it’s unfair.  The only Cornell graduate I’ve ever known was an absolute horse’s ass, God rest his soul.  He was a spoiled rich kid, and obviously didn’t use privilege … Continue reading Respected Institutions and Hate