Beware of idealism


When we are children we are idealistic in planning to be astronauts, cowboys, movie stars.  When we are teenagers we are idealistic in dreaming of the perfect romance, best school, best job, non-stop success, and saving the world.  These dreams should be tempered with realism from our elders, but often are not.

In college, students are told they can create a ‘new man’, elimi­nate poverty, level the classes, educate everyone, eliminate prejudice, and stop war.  Many of the liberal students believe this, and go into jour­nalism, teach­ing, or social work.

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