This is kind of an anti-ethical ethics comment by Steve-O-in NJ, but a useful one. Taking off from the juvenile “mean girls” criticism the First Lady gets from the news media regarding whatever she does, says or wears (while anything worn by the previous First Lady, no matter how hideous, was inevitably praised as a fashion coup), Steve lists other examples of “middle school values,” which are all things kids do, say and think before their ethics alarms are operational. I’ve numbered them for reference purposes. There are sixteen in all. Most of them, though not all, are rendered moot by even a rudimentary understanding of the Golden Rule. Ethics barely peaks is head out in #13. Barely.
Here is Steve-O-in NJ‘s Comment Of The Day on the post, “Nah, There’s No Mainstream Media Bias! But Why Is Fox Almost The Only News Source Reporting This Story?”:
They also busted shoes, no pun intended about her wearing sneakers when accompanying the President to the areas affected by the hurricane in 2017.
It’s a middle school value, that something that is cool when it is done by something one you like, is unforgivable when it is done by someone you don’t like.
1. Your value is determined by your size, strength, and skill at sports (if male) or your appearance (if female).
2. Any skill that does not fall within those areas is worthless and a target for abuse.
3. If you have your eye on a girl, she belongs to you, as long as you can keep others away by force.
4. A snarky answer is always better than a straight one.
5. Sarcasm is better than serious discussion, and a snappy comeback is worth more than facts.
6. If someone is different, then it is all right, even required, to make fun of him.
7. If you don’t like someone, you don’t avoid him or stay away from him, you pursue him and make his life as miserable as you can.
8. People’s buttons are there to be pushed. If someone lets you know he doesn’t like something, that’s your cue to work him on that as hard and as often as you can.
9. It’s perfectly all right to play mean pranks on someone you don’t like, and there’s no limit to how far they can go.
10. If someone you don’t like has an embarrassing or hurtful secret and you should find it out, it’s perfectly all right to spread it all over the place, so everyone knows it.
11. Any argument can be taken to the level of a fistfight, even stupid stuff like whether the Islanders or the Rangers are the better hockey team, if someone says the wrong thing or says it the wrong way.
12. If someone disrespects you, you are within your rights to assault him and attempt to injure or kill him. This is usually signaled by a shove to the chest.
13. The preferred method of fighting is usually punches directed to the facial area. Dirty tactics such as a strike to the groin or the eyes are frowned on, and cause to inflict permanent or painful injury.
14. If someone loses a fight, make certain everyone else knows it.
15. No one is allowed to involve an adult in a dispute. If you do, then that is grounds for a severe beating.
16. Every gym class is an opportunity to give somebody you don’t like a wedgie, and you shouldn’t pass up a perfectly good opportunity.