Thursday, July 21, 2011

George Carlin On Self-Esteem Movement


Here's one of my favorite bits from George Carlin, taken from his last show "It's Bad For Ya". I'm not a fan of the self-esteem movement. My parents weren't either and I will proudly continue the tradition with my hypothetical kids. My reasoning behind that is simple. I have never seen a child of the self-esteem movement be very successful. All the people willing to go the extra mile have a chip on their shoulder. I'm not saying low self-esteem should be a requirement in life, but I'm saying that a little doubt in your capacities never hurt. Anyway, I'm not going to make an essay on the subject. Not today at least. Sit comfortably and take eight minutes of your life to listen to what George Carlin has to say on the subject.

12 comments:

  1. Awesome. I do my best to not foist this self-esteem bullshit on my kids. Not sure I always succeed, though.

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  2. Well yeah. I guess things are different when they're there, in your face, just asking for a little love.

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  3. Unless you realize you suck at something and are pushed to get better at it, you won't improve yourself. You'll accept it.

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  4. You know Tom, I took the longest time to realize that you could get better at something. For a while, sucking or not sucking at an activity was something dealt by God.

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  5. I don't think you have to be mean about it - just don't bullshit your kids. Kids have very sensitive bullshit meters. If you start lying to a kid at a very young age, when are you going to stop? So, I make sure my daughter (age 3) loses regularly at Candyland, I don't tell her she writes like Shakespeare when her fucking little "F" looks like a mangled strand of DNA, and I don't tell her there are unicorns up in heaven with God. She knows that everyone she knows is going to die, and so is she. She knows that the fucking stork didn't bring her little brother to the house. Mom and Dad fucking did. (Well, I don't use that word, but she knows sex exists. She shrugs her shoulders and goes back to playing. She doesn't give a shit. She's 3.)

    I don't understand folks who bullshit their own kids.

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  6. That's a good point you're making. I don't know the answer. Maybe parents only want to shelter their kid from what's going to eventually come. Like there was a preferred use to lose your innocence or something...

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  7. Yeah, maybe that's what they're thinking. Setting em up to crash and burn later in life.

    Thanks for posting this. Caused me to blog upon it: http://courtmerrigan.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/if-you-start-lying-to-your-kids-at-a-very-young-age-when-are-you-going-to-stop/

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  8. My pleasure. Thank you for linking to me from your place.

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  9. "Speaking of parents and speaking of bullshit..."

    HA! I miss this man.

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  10. Enjoyed your post at Lynda's blog. Nice to see someone else who's into movies as well as writing.

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  11. Yes, I little doubt goes a long way because it means you're open to second opinions and advice.

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  12. @Alex: Thanks man, hope you drop by in the comment section. I post at least five days a weeks.

    @Lynda: Damn right. Like everything, self-esteem is a question of balance.

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