Sunny Days in Heaven
Spiritual/Political/Philosophical Blog on the Nature of Truth and Falsehood and Heaven

Friday, February 20, 2004  

Whither us?

A professor also writes in First Things about his experience in the academy:

. . . Jean Bethke Elshtain’s recent remark about the kind of self that has accompanied “the triumph of the therapeutic culture” is apt; it is, she says, a “quivering sentimental self that gets uncomfortable very quickly, because this self has to feel good about itself all the time. Such selves do not make good arguments, they validate one another.”

I have encountered this situation not only with liberals and leftists, but with many kinds of true believers. I don't know if it's the times or people in general, but hardly anyone I encounter is able to bear any criticism implied or direct which challenges their world view in the slightest. They do indeed quiver at any hint of error, and fly into rage or hysteria at the possibility of personal fallibility.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 4:18 PM |