Ask A Genius 435 – Tolerance for Risk (2)
November 6, 2018
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Rick Rosner: I grew up in a time when bullying was almost considered okay. A certain amount of bullying from peers and adults in life, especially PE teachers, was considered good because it would ‘toughen you up.’
We internalized this stuff. I punched myself in the face, repeatedly, to toughen myself up, on general principles. I punched walls. I still punch walls. Everyone was supposed to be tough.
Now, we are entering an era when we are supposed to be much more conscious of bullying and less tolerant, conscious of microaggressions, and then old guys, such as myself might say, “Aren’t we raising a generation of soft babies?” The response, “Is that so bad?”
If we raise a generation that has been conscious and do not tolerate bullying, does that mean we will end up with a generation of soft and weak adults? I would suggest that “No! It is a false connection or a not 100% solid connection.”
That raising a generation of compassionate people doesn’t mean that it is weak people. If you want to talk about weak, 2/3rds of Americans are obese. Speaking of weak, this ‘tough’ generation isn’t tough enough to stop themselves from overeating.
Much of the adult population thinking Trump is okay. Affection for Trump is probably largely correlated with age. The older that you are then the more you are to think that Trump is good.
These older and tougher generations are not even tough enough to exercise the mental discipline to realize that Trump is this incredibly bad guy who is corroding American society.
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