Saturday, October 17, 2009

Parenting--The Next Generation

What happens when the overindulged, overpraised, self-esteem-pumping generation grows up and starts parenting? Behold, the helicopter parent.
This new generation of parents, raised on constant reminders of their own individual uniqueness, refuses to see themselves as merely the latest in a long line of people who have reared children. Because they have so little perspective beyond their own limited experience, their search for authenticity and meaning quickly deteriorates into an orgy of exposure and self-regard. Children are relegated to the role of stagehands in their parents' dramatic transformation from boy to man, girl to woman. The result, as a recent crop of parenting memoirs and magazines reveal, is a turn from stoicism to solipsism.
Children as props to the realization of self:
The dominant characteristic of the hipster is a perpetual, ironic knowingness. But if there is one lesson parenthood teaches you, it is that there is little you can be knowing about; everything is new and your daily life now caters to the whims of tiny and fickle little creatures. The experience of parenthood strips you of pretensions. But the uncertainty and insecurity that is a normal part of the experience of parenthood is anathema to people whose currency is being in the know. As a result, hipster parents strenuously resist what parenthood actually demands: sacrifice, compromise and the necessity of maintaining a certain dignity. Instead, they dress their infants in Che Guevara onesies, pack them off to a bar to hear a new band and declare themselves alt.
Read more here. It's the inaugural story in a series planned by the National Post.

But....Shudder, Che onesies....

Hat tip to Dom Bettinelli on Facebook.


Mark in Spokane said...

Well, I can't say this unwholesome development is unexpected. Pity the poor children to come, though, and pity our society down the road as these "prop" children grow up.

Of course, the Church has a wonderful opportunity to reach out and evangelize the culture with a message of sacrificial love grounded in the example of the Holy Family of Nazareth. But such an effort would take some doing. Does the Church have the resources to do it?

Jose said...

"Che Guevara is an inspiration for every human being who loves freedom, we will always honor his memory." --- NELSON MANDELA

Argent said...

For a little baby? Puh-leez. I can think of more worthy Catholics whose image would be more edifying and sanctifying than some worthless revolutionary....Let's see, how about Pope Pius XII, helping hundreds of Jews escape Nazi persecution. Polish Irena Sendler, who smuggled out Jewish infants during the same time period....Oh, how can I forget St. Maximilian Kolbe who exchanged his life for a father.

Go for true heroes. Not some manufactured overhyped shadow of one.