Gary Childress wrote: ↑
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:45 pm
Immanuel Can wrote: ↑
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:59 am
You really think the Chinese government cares? Don't kid yourself about that. They don't care what we do.
That remains to be seen.
Well, I'm just speaking about what China has already done, and is already doing. Their abominable human rights record is highly criticized, both by their own (ex-)citizens and by the free world. But it hasn't made a dent in their policies. Look at what they're doing in Hong Kong right now...and that's in a separate island that is under heavy Western scrutiny...they really don't care.
What do you mean by "managers" and "handlers"? Are you referring to her father, who travels with her? If that's the case, then why not say "her parents". "Handlers" makes it sound like you think she's a monkey or something.
Well, look at the facts, and see if her "parents" are behaving like real parents, or more like handlers.
Greta started leaving school and manifesting severe anxiety, depression and obsessiveness at age 15. She was already overwhelmed with fear, manifesting anorexia and acting dysfunctionally and irrationally for her age.
Think of that.
Go and look at a 15 year old, and tell me if you would look to such a child to, say, diagnose your cancer, or build you a bridge, or manage your investments...all tasks that are far less complex than solving the environmental crisis. Is a 15 year old a fount of knowledge? Is she mature? Does she understand the world in a way comparable even to a 16 or 17 year old, let alone an adult? Can she even control her own emotions?
So how would this 15 year old, troubled child end up being kept out of school and normal childhood activities, and being paraded around the world as a spokesperson for the other children to whom she admittedly cannot relate, and providing information to adults she manifestly doesn't like, on a topic she quite evidently doesn't understand at any reasonable level? Would it be her idea?
And where would her anxiety come from? How does a 15 year old know all the paranoid phrases of adult environmental extremists? Who would put her int the public spotlight? Do you suppose all this was a product of her 15 year old's wisdom and initiative? Of course not.
She's 17 now. Two years have been lost to her development in the weirdest way. She'll never recover a normal childhood now. But her so-called "parents" aren't watching for that. the last thing they care about is Greta's normalcy. They want her as abnormal, and as publicly abnormal, as they can get her.
Her parents are behaving like "handlers," not like parents. They're using her to get publicity for their political aims. And when they're done with her, what will happen to Greta? When she's not cute and childlike anymore, who will care what she says or does? And what will that do to her self-image, when she finally figures out she's not the "Person of the Year," anymore, but just an unremarkable, sad and mentally ill person whom nobody has helped? What then?
Poor Greta. Anyone can see she's not an oracle. She's not a savant. She's certainly not an expert in anything. And she's not a supergirl. There's no reason found in Greta that she should be on the world stage at all, anymore than any other person. She's merely a symbol -- a cute, scared, angry, immature and clueless kid, who has no idea of how she's being manipulated, and no coping skills with which to resist it.
What about her normal development? What about her childhood? What about her education? What about her privacy, and not exposing her to the world? Who's protecting Greta? Nobody. Instead, the Left is celebrating child exploitation because Greta looks better on camera than most of them do. She's useful to them. But she's no expert in anything, and they don't want an expert anyway. What they want is a symbol.
So "parents"? Those are "parents" only if there are only genetic and not behavioural criteria for being
a parent. They're "handlers," a PR team, managers of the image of the child they're exploiting. Nothing more.
And again I say, shame on them. And, I would add, shame on anyone who encourages them and celebrates what they are doing to Greta.