First, in case you missed the Emmys the other night…
I know what you are thinking, “Sheesh – the only good bit of that clip was Hugh Laurie…”
No, but seriously, what was cut here was this:
“And let’s face it, if mother’s ruled the world there’d be no ***damn wars in the first place.”
Oh really? (O RLY?) Actually – the real problem is that not enough men are tough enough to be good fathers in this world. The reality of life is that there will always be bad people. Let’s face it, as humans – our default behavior is selfishness. This is one of the obvious truths of life.
Yet, I feel like some people (Sally Fields, John Lennin, ie. Secular Humanists…) have this idea that one day we humans, if we just put our mind to it, will eventually reach a state of total peacefulness with each other and a bunch of rainbows will descend on us as multitudes of ponies and faeries start dancing gaily around us.
Well – that’s a nice thought. To bad it’s a fanciful relativistic load of crap. Field’s silly comment has lead to some good discussion by people who take a more pragmatic and realistic view of life. Michelle Malkin has a great bit about being a mom:
Motherhood and peace-making are not synonymous. Motherhood requires ferocity, the will and resolve to protect one’s own children at all costs, and a life-long commitment to sacrifice for a family’s betterment and survival. Conflict avoidance is incompatible with good mothering.
On the playground of life, Sally Field is the mom who looks the other way when the brat on the elementary school slide pushes your son to the ground or throws dirt in your daughter’s face.
She’s the mom who holds her tongue at the mall when thugs spew profanities and make crude gestures in front of her brood. She’s the mom who tells her child never to point out when a teacher gets her facts wrong.
She’s the mom who buys her teenager beer, condoms and a hotel room on prom night, because she’d rather give in than assert her parental authority and do battle.
She’s the mom whose minivan sports insipid bumper stickers preaching non-intervention at all costs: “Peace is patriotic.” “War is not the answer.” “It Will Be a Great Day When Our Schools Get All the Money They Need and the Air Force Has to Hold a Bake Sale to Buy a Bomber.”
Hollywood can afford to indulge Sally Field’s inarticulate naivety. America cannot. And the very moms that Sally Field claims to speak for know it.
In Sally World, these mothers and their sons are helpless victims. In Sally World, self-defense is for “war-mongers.” In Sally World, you can pretend that the bloodthirsty mothers who strap al Qaeda suicide bomb vests on their toddlers and sit them down in front of the television to watch the Jew-hating Hamas Mickey Mouse don’t exist. In Sally World, you need only to embrace our enemies, “imagine” peace and rub your Emmy Award like a magic lamp as you wish global jihad away.
Dennis Prager was having a good discussion about this concept as well. He disagreed with Sally’s point but then was taking calls from people who agreed. This one was especially good (I let the audio go on because the next caller made some excellent points as well):
Men and Women are different. Neither is better or worse than the other. Both sexes have their strengths and weaknesses. The problem is that, in reaction to a patriarchal society – people have grasped onto feminism and created an odd sort of inverted sexism.
The other day Hillary Clinton was going on with something like, “Isn’t it about time that someone did what’s good for women.” Of course – this statement was met with loud applause. But why? People have been talking about “what’s good for women” for thirty years now. This is nothing new. When was the last time you heard anyone say they were going to do what’s good for men? Seriously – when?!?
And I hate to say it but, just because Hillary is a woman does not mean anything is really going to be better for women. Just think about how ridiculous this idea is. Would I expect things to be better for me just because a white Caucasian male was elected?
Anyway – Sally Field’s comment epitomizes a naivety that I find particularly frustrating. It reminds me of when Yoko Ono was reading a poem (albeit a Children’s poem) at the Olympics a while back that went something like, “If everyone thinks of peace, there will be peace…” Wrong. Just thinking about something accomplishes a metric butt-load of nothing. It is when good men (and women) take action, that some form of peace can be attained. Sometimes, what is right must be fought for. People need to understand this notion and move beyond childish idealistic pipe-dreams that cannot be obtained in the real world. Ms. Field’s comment was absurd – but the true tragedy was the loud applause afterward.