15.3.07

WHY I DISLIKE THE EXPRESSION "SOCIALLY CONSTRUCTED," PUT SIMPLY. Some "constructions" are not evolutionarily stable.
Given its unprecedented material wealth — and the green light it generally receives from parents and educators to indulge any and all appetites — this generation of students (not to mention their elders) needs to be morally awakened to (as listed recently by David Brooks) what Thomas Sowell calls the Constrained Vision, what Steven Pinker calls the Tragic Vision, and what E. Q. Wilson calls Existential Conservatism. (“Human Nature Redux,” The New York Times, 2/18/07) This worldview includes the belief that the wholesale discarding of social conventions and institutions based on a respect for legitimate authority, and on self-restraint, can be dangerous.
Amen.

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