After my last shirlandyou post, someone wrote, “Loved your story on baring your heart.” The whole writing was a play on words, but this time I really am baring my heart on a subject that is of concern to me. I will probably write and rewrite this several times so as not offend anyone. I decided to write this after reading a lesson in Cobb’s Juvenile Reader, No 2, published in 1831. This article convinced me that what I am sensing as a problem among today’s young people, is not my imagination. The article is entitled “Absurdity of Pride,” and here is how it reads:
1. Every man, let his state and condition in life be what they may, depends on those around him for assistance and support.
2. Men in a very low estate, may do us a great deal of good, and we often want their help. Many animals save us much labour and trouble, and supply us with many comforts.
3. We could not well do without the horse; he carries us; he draws our heavy burdens, and does a great deal of hard work.
4. The cow and goat give us milk, butter and cheese. The sheep supply us with meat for feed, and wool to make warm clothing
5. What child can think on these things, and be proud? He who depends on so many lower objects for food and raiment, should not be proud.
6. He should love, pity, and assist the poor, and never be cruel to any animal. He who helps the poor and distressed, and is kind to all animals, will have his reward.
Imagine today’s student being taught how much he is, and has been, dependent, on those around him and encouraging him to show respect to them. No, today, children are told they are much smarter than their
elders and they are ungrateful for the start they get in life from many others. They show a lack of respect for older people, are generally ungrateful to those who have offered assistance and are quick to express their opinions on everything.” Well,” you say, “this is typical of the young.” I know that is true because I’ve found that while getting older I have learned to keep my mouth shut, no matter how tempted I am to set another person straight.
I recently saw a video of a high school student who felt it was necessary to make his many, ungrateful opinions known to his teacher. Uninvited, he moved to the front of his classroom, and using a number of expletives, told his teacher how poorly she was teaching. “How do you expect us to learn when you make class so uninteresting? You should put more effort into your teaching,” he said. He, then headed for the classroom door, and slammed it behind him. He was a prideful, unappreciative, ungrateful student, who never gives thought to his condition in life and how dependent he is on those around him for “assistance and support.” His every word and movement was marked with pride. The extensive knowledge he has now, is because someone came to his assistance. He has depended on so many “objects”, (others) to bring him to his superior level of knowledge, a knowledge far greater than his teacher’s. (So he thinks.)
What does the Bible mean when it says: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall?” It means the next step after being all puffed up with arrogance could be falling flat on our face. A person is bound to suffer or face disappointment because of the wrong decisions that he or she might make. In other words, too much arrogance and self pride are sure to bring bad and disappointing results. I have a feeling this young man is “on the way down.”
I‘d love to hear what your thoughts on this subject. Maybe you saw the same video clip to which I refer.