Thursday, April 26, 2007

Maybe repetition will help

Setting the stage: On an almost daily basis, I receive comments on this blog from individuals who claim to be students. Of course, in the blogosphere, no one knows for certain whether someone else is who they claim to be. Nevertheless, since the comments come from the district's servers during school time, let's assume for a moment that these individuals are indeed students - otherwise they would have to be district employees, for whom the discussion below would be equally as relevant.

The issues:

1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower provides insight into, and an understanding of, the current social structure.
False. The Perks is simply the fantasies of the author, who does not claim that his fantasies are real experiences. To paraphrase Heather Mac Donald, these are simply perverse fantasies committed to print in order to elicit the "delicious emotions" of the author.

Students, you are being played by the adults: the author and some teachers. These books are not my life, though they may accurately reflect the depraved lives of the author and some teachers. But who wants to live in those shoes anyway.

2. These books help students understand the dark aspects of life.
False. The fantasies were not written and assigned to help you understand anything about life. By reading such books, you only know the thoughts of those who seek to drag you down to their soured view of life. If you still desire to understand the madness that lurks behind the façade of many, read Robert Conquest's Harvest of Sorrow or Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago. Both of these books will expose the end of the road that those who desire to socialize this great nation – such as the national teachers unions - seek to travel. It’s ugly, and it's true.

Keep in mind that continually dwelling on darkness is unhealthy. Note the burnout rate of those who work in social services, and the stress and nightmares exhibited by soldiers after combat. Your mind and soul do not have the capacity to be assaulted by the illness that consumes some authors and teachers - no healthy person has such a capacity for darkness. They, on the other hand, thrive on their own delicious emotions; a sad, pathetic addiction to evil.

These very same adults want to control your emotions with their own sickness. Rebel against that. Stand up for yourself and demand to learn essential knowledge that will benefit you. Tell the purveyors of nonsense to seek help, or to at least leave you alone.

3. Books were banned and speech was censored.
False. Another big lie perpetuated by adults who want to trigger your most basic emotions. The typical lie goes something like this: "I read this book with my 13 year-old child and we both found it profound and enlightening. So, I don't understand why the books were banned in an act of censorship."

These folks use the terms banned and censorship to trigger the natural defense of lovers of Liberty. However, how can a book be banned or censored if the parent and child were able to purchase it and read it openly. The terms banned and censorship imply the denial of constitutional rights; natural rights.

If the book is available in libraries and bookstores, how could it possibly have been banned? How did government censor speech? Of course, the book was neither banned nor speech censored. Those claims are absolutely false, and the adults know as much.

Don't you find it disingenuous for adults to claim a denial of rights when what they really seek is the forced exposure of the children of other parents to the subject matter contained within the book? I find it peculiar, and a quite a bit strange.

Many commentators on my blog note that they will soon enter adulthood. All right, I will accept that. If you still want to read the book, use a little initiative. Borrow the book from the library or purchase it at a local bookstore - certainly let your parents know what you intend to do, as adulthood does not start until you are out on your own.

However, do not cry foul - bans and censorship, act; borrow or buy. And, do not try to force such nonsense on those who have no such desire. Respect your fellow students who do not want their minds filled with such garbage. Respect Liberty. Act for yourself, but do not force others to be exposed to that which they find objectionable.

Do not claim that these students must read what you read. Such a response is not an act of freedom, it is an act of coercion and compulsion; the methods of those who brought madness to the world throughout the Twentieth Century.

Respect your fellow students in the manner that you demand from others. Let your fellow students - and their parents - object. Do not advocate for them to be forced into a situation where they must read or discuss books that provide no educational benefit; books that assault their morals. Respect, and be respected.

4. Times are different.
False. A read through the Bible will show the depravity of man throughout the ages. In some sense, little has changed. Humanity absent the belief in God drifts toward all kinds of evils. One situation may be new: I do not remember reading passages where the adults saught to inculcate children into wickedness. Yet, situations such as today must have existed. Situations that caused Jesus to say in Matthew 18:6, “But whoso shall cause one of these little ones that believe on me to stumble, it is profitable for him that a great millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be sunk in the depth of the sea.”

My advice: Quit having your emotions played and controlled by those who are obviously looking to have you enter their perverse world of evil. Why let these adults drag you down? Escape and find refuge in the Bible, and see the light that is available to all of us. It's your choice: their sick lives, or a world of light. Choose wisely.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The School Library Journal writes of “Perks…” that “Charlie develops from an observant wallflower into his own man of action, and, with the help of a therapist he begins to face the sexual abuse he had experienced as a child. This report on his life will engage teen readers for years to come."

How nice. Charlie overcomes the demons of his past and blossoms into a confident and self-aware adolescent. Who could argue with such a tale of triumph? And it’s (yet another) “coming-of-age” story!

Unfortunately, what is left out of the review is that Charlie’s “action” takes the form of befriending two “outcasts” (reviewer’s words, not mine) who engage in rampant drug use, promiscuous, anonymous, high risk gay sex and anonymous, dangerous, sexual encounters with adult men (predators) in parks. We’ve heard “Perks…” supporters state that it is good preparation for reading “Of Mice and Men” in college. That would assume that each book’s storyline and character treatment approximates the other, which they do not. “Of Mice and Men” explores society’s (then) treatment of migrant workers and the mentally retarded. “Perks…” contains no exploration of societal attitudes toward the mentally ill or homosexuals, but instead chronicles a boy’s exploits with two gay adolescents who engage in reckless, high risk behaviors. “Of Mice and Men” has redeeming social qualities. “Perks” is sociopathic: it promotes an ideal that promiscuous gay sex and pedophilia are normal—even liberating—and that heterosexual America (symbolism embodied in Charlie) will become enlightened only when we embraces it.

The author, Stephen Chbosky, wrote a book that celebrates the promiscuous gay sex culture for minors despite knowing the high risk gay males face contracting STDs, including HIV, and knowing the horrible outcomes of rape, abuse and murder that accompany child-adult predator sexual encounters. It is no coincidence that the author is also a gay activist. That his characters seek anonymous sex at parties and go to parks to seek adult men to participate in anonymous sex, absent caution or the contra-positive means that he promotes such endeavors as normal and positive. That he wrote such characters with an impressionable teen audience in mind and peddles these ideals to minors—some of whom are sexually confused—is sick. That he wrote the character of “Charlie” to symbolize a stunted American culture that finds enlightenment only when it embraces gay culture is propaganda mongering. That our teachers would assign such a book to 13 and 14 year-olds is outrageous.

Contrary to naïve (or just plain loony) “Perks” supporters who spoke at the last school board meeting, the portrayal of these behaviors as normal and healthy, in a school setting, legitimizes and normalizes them and no doubt has the effect of reassuring a gay or sexually confused teen that promiscuous gay sex and approaching adult male predators for casual sex are not only acceptable, but good.

The current 9th grade English instruction module is “Propaganda”. Teachers should look no further than “Perks…” as an excellent example of this.