The Wisest Man On Earth, Dennis Prager, continues to lobby America to pat his pumpkin head. Please tell him how sage he is. The same way his radio listeners do, the same way his readers do. Just blurt it out: “Dennis you are both sensitive and steadfast, and the way you emphasize the Judeo-Christian point of view makes it very impossible to argue. You’re some kind of genius.”
On his army blog of January 19, the commanding general of Fort Bliss (Texas), Major General Dana Pittard, wrote regarding members of the military who commit suicide: “I have now come to the conclusion that suicide is an absolutely selfish act. I am personally fed up with soldiers who are choosing to take their own lives so that others can clean up their mess. Be an adult, act like an adult and deal with your real-life problems like the rest of us.”
Okay, the general is an idiot. But then generals are not paid to understand the traumatized human mind. We have Dennis Prager for that:
. . unless suicide is committed as a result of terrible and unrelenting physical pain — especially if one is suffering from a terminal illness — or a person knows that he is about to be tortured, most suicides are selfish acts. This is said with no lack of compassion for the terrible psychological suffering that people who commit suicide experience.
This is Dennis schtick: ‘I am well aware of everything. Do not think I’m not.’ And then he proves he’s unaware of even the hole in his butt:
. . one reason the general wrote his blog post was that he had just attended the funeral of a man, one of his soldiers, who had killed himself at home on Christmas Day. Among the suicide’s horrific effects on the soldier’s wife and two young daughters was their permanent inability to ever again celebrate Christmas with anything but pain.
Someone in wrenching physical pain who kills himself at Christmas is tragic, but this other guy is a narcissist. Obviously, Dennis refuses to consider the burden of psychological pain. Wisdom’s a breeze when complex issues are fathomed to this depth.
The American military is a revered institution. Its members rightly constitute the most universally admired group in American society. Every soldier who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) must be helped in every way. But helped is not the same thing as patronized.
This from perhaps the most patronized intellectual weakling of our day. If only this matter were funnier.
If the general’s comments lead to one less suicide, those comments embodied true compassion. Moreover, the first purpose of the military is to produce men who will be able to better fight and win wars against the least compassionate people on earth. And transforming generals into therapists will not accomplish that.
Yeah those poor guys who can’t sleep, who sit in the dark and drink to oblivion will put it together now. You’re a mensch, Dennis.