April 28th 2007


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COVER STORY: East Timor election: what's cooking?

EDITORIAL: Implications of East Timor's election

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Kevin Rudd's character under scrutiny

OVERSEAS TRADE: Wheat-growers back single-desk selling

MANUFACTURING: Japan still shows the way

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Easter and the media / Literacy, and all that / Anzac Day / Jews and Muslims / Pre-Budget ruminations

DAVID HICKS AFFAIR: Media's blind eye to Hicks treason

THE COLD WAR: How Moscow framed Pope Pius XII as pro-Nazi

GREAT BRITAIN: Why Britain is no longer great

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION: Lottery players fleeced for $100 million

ETHICS: New safeguard for vulnerable patients

HEALTH: Married gays die 24 years younger

OBITUARY: Dr John Billings (1918-2007) and the Culture of Life

AS THE WORLD TURNS: The unmarriage revolution / Unexpected outbreak of morality / Mediocrity on the march / Children recruited to spy for Big Brother

Antidotes to narcissism (letter)

Problems with surrogacy (letter)

Politicised public service (letter)

Bell tolls for national icon (letter)

CINEMA: Spartan sacrifice that saved Greece

BOOKS: WHY POLITICS NEEDS RELIGION, by Brendan Sweetman

BOOKS: BACKS TO THE WALL: A larrikin on the Western Front, by G.D. Mitchell with Robert Macklin

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Antidotes to narcissism (letter)


by William D. Craig

News Weekly, April 28, 2007

Sir,

Bill Muehlenberg's article, “The narcotic of narcissism” (News Weekly, March 31, 2007), describes correctly a major source of the sickness invading Western societies.

Only by featuring in a centre inset the little song, “I am special” (described as an American pre-school song), without further explanation, does it go overboard.

The US Bush Administration has devoted great efforts (Cabinet officers, senior public servants and judges being drawn from the large non-white population) to demonstrate, especially to black Americans (who as a group have remained alienated), that there is no height they cannot scale by obtaining an education.

An essential part of this effort has been the expenditure of billions to ensure that effective “three Rs” education is inculcated into all schools in poorer areas.

Inasmuch as low self-esteem is a large source of the problem, the little song may be part of the treatment.

Australia appears to have an identical problem with its Aborigines growing up with low self-esteem.

The problem seems to be that left-leaning educators have been delivering specialised medicine too broadly, or have not delivered the antidotes of responsibility, duty and self-sacrifice properly.

William D. Craig,
Hobart, Tas.




























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