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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Now, can we get this guy to talk at the Democratic National Convention to tell their entitlement-addicted constituents to grow up to?
    Only if he can go to the Republican National Convention to tell their constituents who are addicted to subsidies, government contracts, tax credits, and tax cuts the same things.

    Job producers wouldn't be anywhere if they didn't have someone doing the jobs they need to produce what's produced. And people earning money to buy the goods and services those job producers produce for consumers to consume.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

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    I somehow think that liberal/progressives will scoff at this notion that natural selection exists in a world where they believe that the game is rigged by whom you know, rather than what you know.


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    Got no horse in the religion race, but IMO the "let's take care of everyone, be kind and love everyone" is based on religious teaching.

    If we're talking "nature, mother earth", etc., then it is survival of the strong. The weak are on their own and usually left to die or used as food. Nature isn't nice and sweet.

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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy the Kid View Post
    If we're talking "nature, mother earth", etc., then it is survival of the strong. The weak are on their own and usually left to die or used as food. Nature isn't nice and sweet.
    Bull****.

    If that was the case no animal pairing would ever take care of their young because the young are too weak to take care of themselves right when they are born.

    There are plenty of cases in nature in which animals of the same species form herds for community benefits and protection.

    There are even cases of cross-species mutual benefits, such as an alligator not eating the bird that picks the remains of flesh from its teeth. The bird eats the flesh in the teeth and the alligator reduces the decay caused by the remains.

    It is by far much more natural for animals and people to form communities to look out and care for each other than it is for them to be singular individuals who neither empathize nor care for anyone but himself.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Bull****.

    If that was the case no animal pairing would ever take care of their young because the young are too weak to take care of themselves right when they are born.

    There are plenty of cases in nature in which animals of the same species form herds for community benefits and protection.

    There are even cases of cross-species mutual benefits, such as an alligator not eating the bird that picks the remains of flesh from its teeth. The bird eats the flesh in the teeth and the alligator reduces the decay caused by the remains.

    It is by far much more natural for animals and people to form communities to look out and care for each other than it is for them to be singular individuals who neither empathize nor care for anyone but himself.
    You are listing the exceptions rather than the rule.

    We can see what happens to societies in there is no common belief system where morals and values are concerned.

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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Bravo!

    In this "Everybody gets a trophy" and "don't keep score" society we've been racing children in - many of which are now parents themselves - this is refreshing to hear in of all places...Massachusetts.

    I'm sure being the son of David McCullough allowed this teacher the assuredness that he could get away with such a commencement message, but it is refreshing nonetheless. And I have no doubt it shocked a kid or two into reality, and sent their helicopter parents into a tizzy.

    Now, can we get this guy to talk at the Democratic National Convention to tell their entitlement-addicted constituents to grow up to?
    I don't know where the hell you live, but that's not American society as currently constructed.
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    Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.

    All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Bull****.

    If that was the case no animal pairing would ever take care of their young because the young are too weak to take care of themselves right when they are born.

    There are plenty of cases in nature in which animals of the same species form herds for community benefits and protection.

    There are even cases of cross-species mutual benefits, such as an alligator not eating the bird that picks the remains of flesh from its teeth. The bird eats the flesh in the teeth and the alligator reduces the decay caused by the remains.

    It is by far much more natural for animals and people to form communities to look out and care for each other than it is for them to be singular individuals who neither empathize nor care for anyone but himself.

    Well you can believe that if you chose.

    Male lions will kill the cubs, if he defeats the current leader of the pride, so his offspring will have a better chance of survival.

    Elephants go off to die by themselves, and none of the others stop them.

    In the animal world if you're the weaker or smaller, you're likely to become food.

    Sorry but animals take care of their own, up until they realize it's a lost cause and they take care of themselves.

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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Bull****.

    If that was the case no animal pairing would ever take care of their young because the young are too weak to take care of themselves right when they are born.

    There are plenty of cases in nature in which animals of the same species form herds for community benefits and protection.

    There are even cases of cross-species mutual benefits, such as an alligator not eating the bird that picks the remains of flesh from its teeth. The bird eats the flesh in the teeth and the alligator reduces the decay caused by the remains.

    It is by far much more natural for animals and people to form communities to look out and care for each other than it is for them to be singular individuals who neither empathize nor care for anyone but himself.

    Is there an alligator council that forces the bird to do this based on the birds lifetime earnings?


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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Is there an alligator council that forces the bird to do this based on the birds lifetime earnings?


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    I'd bet if the alligator got hungry and the bird cleaning his teeth was available, the bird would become a snack real quick. After all there are plenty of birds.

    Trying to make the animal world "cute and sweet" is dressing up a pig with lipstick.

    But the real reason this is now a fight is I brought religion into the mix. Why does it scare so many?

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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy the Kid View Post
    I'd bet if the alligator got hungry and the bird cleaning his teeth was available, the bird would become a snack real quick. After all there are plenty of birds.

    Trying to make the animal world "cute and sweet" is dressing up a pig with lipstick.

    But the real reason this is now a fight is I brought religion into the mix. Why does it scare so many?

    Because religion answers to a higher power other than them. They can't control it, and that is real fear.

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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Sounds about right.


    I've always felt contempt and rolled my eyes at these high-school graduation speeches where some blowhard goes on about "you are the future, the world is in your hands" and all this crap that makes the grads feel like the whole world is holding its breath, waiting for a bunch of 18 year-olds to charge out and take control of everything.


    The fact is the world doesn't give a crap about you. 18yo high-school grads are NOT about to go out and take over; they're going to get mostly menial and low-paying entry level jobs (either now or in a few years when they finish college) where the supervisors and managers don't give a flying crap about their drama or what "bold new ideas" some zero-experience wet-behind-the-ears kid has.

    For roughly 99.9999% of humanity, you don't change the world; the world changes you, or crushes you if you won't adapt to it or else get out of the way.

    Those kind of speeches I think raise the expectations of HS grads to unreasonable levels in some cases. One of the problems we get with hiring fresh-out-of-school youngsters is they often think the world is supposed to be handed to them on a platter, RIGHT NOW, in return for just showing up and barely trying.

    It ain't so. You start at the bottom and if you want to even KEEP your job you bust ass every day, even if your paycheck sucks and your boss is a jerk and you hate your job.... because you have to pay those bills. That's reality.
    Geeze Louise, you make living in the USA sound like a bitter pill. Lighten up Francis, JC suffered so that we don;t have to.

    You are right about paying the bills. I'll give you that much.

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