Antidotes to narcissism (letter)by William D. CraigNews Weekly
, April 28, 2007
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,