Friday, January 3, 2014

The Triple Package

Tiger Mom Chua's new book on ethnicity, reported on by Steve Sailer, is subtitled, "How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America." What is that package?
    • Americans are taught that everyone is equal, that no group is superior to another. But remarkably, all of America’s most successful groups believe (even if they don’t say so aloud) that they’re exceptional, chosen, superior in some way.
    • Americans are taught that self-esteem—feeling good about yourself—is the key to a successful life. But in all of America’s most successful groups, people tend to feel insecure, inadequate, that they have to prove themselves.
    • America today spreads a message of immediate gratification, living for the moment. But all of America’s most successful groups cultivate heightened discipline and impulse control.

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