[FoRK] New Benefits of Marriage Study Actually Hints at the Horrors of Middle Age

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Fri Jan 23 10:12:15 PST 2015

A lot of the problem is that the main controllers and authors of education, culture, and other kinds of cultural input are 
politicians, teachers, actors / writers / entertainment industry types, clergy, and sports heroes.  Except for a small subset, those 
people have had a limited and often artificial experience that are particular to their career.  They will mistake their experience 
and understanding as applicable across the board, including their outsider impression of how other career paths work.  For instance, 
I have serious doubts that guidance counselors in high schools are able to provide worthwhile guidance much outside of becoming a 
guidance counselor.

There are some obvious ways we can fix this.


On 1/23/15 9:49 AM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
> Given the current mess, what move would you suggest?  Assume that one of your children doesn't get it, fails to develop into a 
> competitive adult, then moves 2000 miles away, has children, and is struggling.  Besides subsidize him/her then, what could you 
> cause to happen now that would help them and your grandchildren? (Besides making a lot of money, since that doesn't generalize.)
> sdw
> On 1/23/15 9:37 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
>> Don't generalize my argument with some other grand conclusion.  I am not saying any training/help.
>> On 1/23/2015 9:22 AM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
>>> Not training them at all is less compassionate.
>>> I agree with avoiding co-dependency.  The problem is that the general
>>> gist of conservative argument is that any training / help is necessarily
>>> co-dependent.  That seems like a poverty of imagination.  You can
>>> engineer around such pitfalls if you are really trying to solve the
>>> problem in a fully perceptive way.  The net result is the distinct
>>> impression that conservatives don't want to solve the problem. We all
>>> wonder if they like things the way they are and somehow feel they are
>>> benefiting.

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