Yesterday I was loading up on groceries and getting some minimal fishing kit. (Today I’ll get the fishing license and try out the kit… all my good stuff is in storage far far away, and, well, a fisherman’s gotta fish…)
While I was in the check out line, for about the 4th time in as many days, a horribly horrifically loud SCREEEEEEEECH! was let out by yet another Yard Ape that ought to have been left in the yard, not brought into public view.
In other times, the parent would have looked horribly embarrassed, and either hustled the offending mouth outside (and perhaps into a sealed car where the cacophony could be contained better); or even more likely: A swift swat to the bum would be delivered and the SCREEEEEECCCCHING would turn to quiet or sobbing (or again, the reversion to the sealed metal can of quiet…)
It seems that the Modern Mommetary Theory of child rearing parallels the Modern Monetary Theory of economics and with equally catastrophic results.
But this set me to thinking…
Remember that iconic video of the campus “protester”, an overly sensitized adult baby screaming to the world due to Trump being elected?
My question is simple:
Is this just the inevitable result of The Modern Mommetary Theory Screaming Banshee Babies growing to adult size and NEVER having had their bum swatted for being a PITA to the rest of us? Have they trained a generation to scream until they get what they want? To expect zero consequences from an emotional tantrum of social abuse aimed at the rest of us?
Is the “everybody gets a trophy” mob now taking over the levers of power, and when they don’t get what they want, well, by God they will scream at you, attack you in the streets, try to get you fired, even steal the ballot box if that’s what it takes because, you know, screaming and screeching always has worked and No Bad Thing ever followed the forceful stealing of some other infant’s toys…
Did it all really just begin with, and arise from, the un-swatted bum of the perpetual SCREEEEECHer child?