Triple Package: The New Nightmare

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Hello readers,

During my travels around the internet, I eventually come along things that makes me want to bleach my eyes. Or at least go back to being hoodwinked again.

Tiger Mom: Some cultural groups are superior

I will discuss what this means to Freemasons and how there are (major) problems with this.

Some choice quotes to start us off.

In “The Triple Package,” Chua and her husband, co-author Jed Rubenfeld, gather some specious stats and anecdotal evidence to argue that some groups are just superior to others and everyone else is contributing to the downfall of America.

The “superior” cultural  groups are…

  • Jewish
  • Indian
  • Chinese
  • Iranian
  • Lebanese-Americans
  • Nigerians
  • Cuban exiles
  • Mormons

The three distinguishing factors

1. Superiority Complex

2. Insecurity

3. Impulse Control

And the capper –

“That certain groups do much better in America than others — as measured by income, occupational status, test scores and so on — is difficult to talk about,” the authors write. “In large part, this is because the topic feels so racially charged.”

And so begins their cat-and-mouse polemic, in which they claim they’re courageously agitating for a greater good: the revival of America itself as a “Triple Package Culture.” It’s a series of shock-arguments wrapped in self-help tropes, and it’s meant to do what racist arguments do: scare people.

stand_out_in_the_crowd_300x300_xlargeSo it begins. World history has been very unkind to people who are deemed outsiders or “different” from whatever the majority group is. But after thousands of years, we Americans are finding us more equal, more post-oppression then ever before. As time has gone on, we have moved away from the forced monarchies and dictatorships and have gradually moved into a more on the level society of democracies, freedom, and equality. Yet these societies are standing at the edge of an unknown frontier, the the dominant minority. New in some ways, yet old in others.

The idea of a dominant minority group, a group having sway beyond their size, is something that is gaining serious study.

Minoritarianism

The author of Triple Package, Amy Chua, has covered this topic extensively. She even, in a side way, covered this topic in a book she wrote in 2002. It was called “World on Fire” and the title tagline is “How Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability“. She talked about how certain racial groups become disproportionately dominant event though they had a minority status.

So what do I think? I think the whole idea that these are only “cultural groups” is a shadow on the wall for the real animal of racial/ethnic/religious superiority. Did you know that Freemasonry has a cultural identity? And no one has ever accused the Freemasons of not being good at succeeding. And strangely enough…we’re not mentioned. But Cuban Exiles got a spot. I guess a few more politicians then average is enough for them to qualify. But not Masons. Yet Jews, Indian, Mormons, Chinese Lebanese-Americans, Iranians, Nigerians and Cuban Exiles are listed. All they constitute a race or ethnicity or religion. “Cultural group” my ass. It’s a shield for Chua and Rubenfeld to do what the white supremacists did back in the 50s to justify their success.

The book of course hides behind a supposed self-help nature. I’ll repost the quote.

And so begins their cat-and-mouse polemic, in which they claim they’re courageously agitating for a greater good: the revival of America itself as a “Triple Package Culture.” It’s a series of shock-arguments wrapped in self-help tropes, and it’s meant to do what racist arguments do: scare people.

minoritymale_589I will say I understand pointing out CERTAIN cultural elements a group uses to help itself can be useful. People have pointed to certain Masonic concepts and co-opted them for their use, such as one person one vote, and we’re better off for it. But it’s dangerous. You can’t pick and choose because each identity if propped up by many many things that all support each other. There is a deep complexity to that specific identity that can’t EVER be replicated. And to expect someone to change their identity to get paid better or to have a better family life is nuts. Seriously nuts. You can’t make a Black man “Jewish”. Or a White woman a “Cuban Exile”. Not only is it impossible to have someone switch an ethnicity, it’s offensive of the highest magnitude to even allude to people that changing their religion can help them get that promotion. BULLSHIT! As a Freemason, we accept people as they are, understanding that the individual represents himself, NOT HIS CULTURE.

A dangerous byproduct to this is a new manifestation of white privilege, but instead it becomes –

Jewish privilege, Indian privilege, Chinese privilege, Iranian privilege, Lebanese-Americans privilege, Nigerian privilege, Cuban exile privilege and Mormon privilege.

The difference being is that the individual struggles each group has faced creates a barrier to addressing this in real terms, which blunts criticism, and allows the positive stereotypes to continue to thrive. Would you tell a Freemason who had friends that got killed in the Holocaust that’s he’s succeeding because of his identity? Probably not because most people aren’t heartless, will feel guilty, and will think to themselves that is isn’t so great to be a Mason and will then leave it alone.

emperors-new-clothesSo it creates a feedback loop where positive things are said about a culture(race), no one criticizes it to avoid being seen as belittling/bigoted to what that group overcame and then that culture gets the unobstructed benefit of the doubt/”positive perception”. An Emperor’s New Clothes situation is created where people (the person and that person’s peers) imagine the person’s work to be better then it is, better then that person’s peers of a different “culture” and BANG the loop continues.

Listen. I’m a Freemason. There are people who don’t criticize us because they don’t want to be seen as conspiracy theorists or belittle our overcoming our suppression. But we run shit, and lots of it. And we succeed a lot. But we don’t make it a thing that people can see and latch onto. And I’ll explain why by showing how the “Triple Package” identity can apply to us…and why we shouldn’t let it.

1. Superiority Complex. Do some research on Freemasons. We have a long history of members who succeed in whatever their vocation is.

2. Insecurity. We have been been the target of persecution on every corner of the globe and throughout history. Trust me when I say we worry.

3. Impulse Control. The very first thing we learn in Masonry is to subdue our passions. Or tools even work to that. Compass = Keep your passions within due bounds and circumscribe your desires. Square = Square your actions. Common Gavel  = Break off the vices of your heart and mind. Our entire system is dedicated to fixing impulse control.

10840542-man-covered-his-face-with-his-handsBut here is one things Masons REFUSE to do. Go around and make it part of our identity. Masons are notoriously secret, one of the reasons being to keep books like these from becoming a part of cultural doctrine. Now, I understand why some people like those things, but ultimately I argue that they become regressive. Masonry, being a secretive order, has quietly been a cornerstone of the move to a society that is more tolerant, equal, fair, and open. The last thing that would help society is people thinking voting for a Masonic candidate or financing a Freemason’s movie is a good idea because of their identity. Sure it plays a part, but it rewards lazy thinking. It rewards people who see labels and then decide to turn the brain off. Unacceptable.

If you ever see anyone ever walk around and say that Jews are good at making movies, Chinese are great at academics, Freemasons are good at running governments, or Mormons are terrific at business…they’re a bigot and tell them as such. Sure it can be true, but it’s a comment that ignores how complex short term history has been, and the driving specifics that have causes all groups to be the way they are.

All people, everyone one of us, have the capability of doing great things and being an important part of the societies we live in. To let us resort to crowing specific cultural groups because of circumstances unique to them and  out of their control is a bad path to go down. So my message to you is this. Sure, have an open mind and maybe I’m wrong about accusing people of bigotry and you can read this an expose it’s virtues to people. But beware of the fulfilling prophecy. We want a more equal society, on the level.

Livingstone

 

 

 

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