John McKay just put up his first post at From the Trenches, and it’s a dilly. Our attitudes come from somewhere, they don’t just appear on the wings of passing pigeons. And the fact that our attitudes are ‘ours’ doesn’t make them right–or even logical.
[T]he [meritocracy] myth is so deeply ingrained that we ignore experience to stick with what we know is true. In high school were the most beautiful and successful (according to high school standards) the kindest and most pure? How many cheerleaders were self-involved princesses? How many jocks were violent bullies? We all knew exceptions, but if success is a sign of heavenly favor, doesn’t high school suggest that heaven favors jerks?
Go read the rest.