Ben Shapiro Unchained: Answers Leftists Quesitons (sic) – YouTube (Part II)



Important Note: we did a “Press this” thing on the Youtube video referenced (here) in the above headline. Hence, the typo in the headline stands. We added the “(sic)” which means that “the word is quoted exactly as it stands in the original” (reference). 🙂

Ahem, harrrumphh, harrummmph… we don’t do typos here(1).


The reason for this post: Ben Shapiro is, like Mark Steyn, a veritable fountain of pithy remarks (though Steyn is funnier(2)). Here are some of the points that Shapiro makes in the above-linked video:

  • More black babies were aborted in New York City last year than were born last year.
  • Our culture has now elevated to victim status those who have overcome obstacles of their own making.

Wow! If you were a genie, and you could whisk away anything in the past to make things better for today, you might get rid of those two things. 

Here’s a small snippet that Almost Perfectly Sums Up Many, Many, Many, Many Of Society’s Problems Today. In other words: if the same genie referenced above were, with a magic wand, to whisk away only the problem below, there would be almost nothing on a practical level that you’d need to address in society at all:

There was a girl […] who was a single mother, and who had to work her way through being a single mother. And she was granted this sort of hero status. ‘Oh, look at all the challenges this single mother had to overcome.’

Right! Challenges that she made for herself! I’m glad she overcame them. It would have been better if she hadn’t made the challenges for herself in the first place. We need to stop creating heroes out of people who make poor decisions.

I mean it’s great that you can overcome a challenge, but don’t create challenges for yourself, and then be celebrated for the challenges that you created for yourself.

Note: That’s my transcription of Ben Shapiro’s presentation from 22:47 to 23:15. I might have missed a word or two, because the quality of the recording isn’t all that great.

Here’s a re-print of the above snippet, with the important parts highlighted in red (I can’t help it… I’m a former teacher):

There was a girl […] who was a single mother, and who had to work her way through being a single mother. And she was granted this sort of hero status. ‘Oh, look at all the challenges this single mother had to overcome.’

Right! Challenges that she made for herself! I’m glad she overcame them. It would have been better if she hadn’t made the challenges for herself in the first place. We need to stop creating heroes out of people who make poor decisions.

I mean it’s great that you can overcome a challenge, but don’t create challenges for yourself, and then be celebrated for the challenges that you created for yourself. 

— xPraetorius

Notes:


(1) However, Ben is much younger… he has a chance to catch up to Mark. It’s dizzying for a Conservative to imagine two wizards of the well-turned phrase, the perfect bon mot occupying the stage at the same time!

(2) We do. We just like to think we don’t. As a rule, though, we actually don’t do misspellings though. Our editor is a former near world champion spelling champion. We have some interesting people working here at our small but increasingly influential think tank!

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