Friday, April 04, 2008

one woman's opinion

Found this among my old papers and thought it appropriate since that "Why do they hate us?" still reverberates. Bear in mind that I was in college from 1961 to 1965. That means that foolish maundering has never gone out of style.

Working on those boundary things and one of the exercises is to voice your opinion so here is one of those exercises worked out.

  • When I was in college I wrote a paper for some class where I used the technique of anthropomorphism. I argued against foreign aid by setting up the United States and the foreign aid recipient country as if the USA were the parent and the recipient country the child. I had just completed a psych course and this Social Studies course seemed the ideal guinea pig for my sophomoric theories. Well, I posed all of the good parenting skills that we had just learned and tried to answer the seemingly never answered question, “Why, oh why, do they hate us?”. I said that when we treat these countries like idiot children without the skills and abilities to care for themselves, when we mindlessly shower gifts upon them that are useless, unearned and truly undeserved, when we patronize them and pat them on the heads and then say go away and let the grown ups talk…..sure, they hate us and then show their contempt by accepting any and every good thing we give them and rub our noses in whatever the gifts should have been by breaking them throwing them away etc etc. Well, we had just learned that spoiling the child thing and the lack of respect the child develops for the parent. I was told that I was foolishly simplistic. The complexities of foreign diplomacy could not be reduced to simple one on one human interaction. “Why?” I asked. “It seems to me that everything has to be reduced to that since the whole process boils down to one person interacting with another.” “Run along and grow up

Seems like certain political parties could give me the same answer if I were to suggest that there are entire groups of people today that we treat in the same way I wrote about in this paper. Just sayin'


Anonymous said...

I agree with you, it does seem like an unhealthy relationship & it does seem to be the way many people are treated by the government.
Thank you for stopping by my blog yesterday via Michele's.

Sara said...

I couldn't agree more! It just blows my mind that America spends all this money on a war to "help" people who just hate us!!!

Sara said...

Oops...forgot to mention - Michele sent me...