Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held you, kissed you, fed you, wiped your mouth, wiped your bottom, trained you, taught you, tutored you, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you and encouraged you again. You’ve been nudged, cajoled, wheedled and implored. You’ve been feted and fawned over and called sweetie pie. … But do not get the idea you’re anything special. Because you’re not.
Predictably, the teacher has been fired after a storm of backlash and criticism.
Oh, no, wait. “The reaction to the teacher’s blunt advice was overwhelmingly positive, both from students at the receiving end of the reality check and people who saw it [on the internet.]”
How can there be nearly universal approval for the message that we are not special?
Because the message isn’t that “we” are not special. The message is that “you” are not special. And everyone thinks that you are not as special as you think you are. That’s right. Every single person reacting to this is reacting to the fact that other people are being told that they’re not special. No one is thinking, “I wonder if he means me.”
If this high school teacher had said “we” are not special, instead of “you”, this would be a different story.
But then again, if the high school teacher believed that he himself wasn’t special, would he be giving a commencement speech?
…It reminds me of the old Phil Hartman “Sassy” video.