A thought occurred to me about all the Special Snowflakes in society today. Could it be in significant part the result of smaller families? In China the “One Child” policy has resulted in a generation plagued with “little emperors.” When you have a lot of children, even a good parent that loves all of them equally, and treats them all as fairly and equitably as possible will know they are not all truly equal, and not all as smart, or strong, or whatever, as anyone else. In short, you know some are more “valuable” or “expendable” on different measures because you confront it every day in your own home.
But with only one or two children (and as often as not they are of opposite sexes as they are the same) you don’t get that daily comparison. Is it therefore (a) easier to delude yourself into thinking that they are super-special, and (b) become disabilitayingly fearful and risk averse for their safety because you have (more that just metaphorically) put all your eggs in one basket? If you have ten kids, a harsh training program that will greatly improve 80% the strength, intelligence, and knowledge of the people who take it (compared to a “normal” school program), but kill 10%, is something to consider. If you only have one, it’s far to great a risk.
Is that fear of “losing it all in one roll of the dice” what’s driving the special snowflake blizzard sweeping the nation? Or is that just one of many contributing factors that are all roughly equal in importance? I know the fear of lawsuits is big, but what underlies and drives that? Thoughts?