As usual, David Brooks has an interesting take: The Modesty Manifesto

All about how swell we think we are in so many ways.(well, actually, who can argue). Some of it laid at the feet of modern child raising positive reinforcement.

With regard to college students, this from the article:

“Some argue that today’s child-rearing and educational techniques have produced praise addicts. Roni Caryn Rabin of The Times recently reported on some research that found that college students would rather receive a compliment than eat their favorite food or have sex.”

Well, if this is true than if I were in the Williams administration, I wouldn’t worry too much about housing propriety or vegan alternatives, I’d arrange to have Senator Al Franken (D MN) offer a Stuart Smalley class in Self-Affirmation ” I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and, doggonit, people like me!”.

(Thank you, Leo, for the correction of ‘Stuart’ for ‘Clifford’)

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