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The W o BFF: r u n nml?


Jonah G.:

“We say he doesn’t need a best friend.”

As a result of this thinking, best friends are broken up. Buddies are put on separate teams, assigned to different classes, etc. It’s not quite the sort of thing cult leaders and North Korean prison guards do, but in principle it’s not too far off either. …

I think removing best friends from childhood is a barbarous and inhumane act, akin to amputating a limb from an athlete. You can still have a childhood without a best friend, just as you can still be an athlete without a leg. But why would you voluntarily make someone’s life so much harder? Having someone with whom you can share the joys and discoveries of early life is a gateway into not just adulthood, but humanity.

The most offensive part of this whole enterprise is that it is aimed at making life easier for administrators, not better for kids.

In his 1998 book, Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, Yale political scientist James C. Scott documents how over time states of all kinds — democracies, monarchies, dictatorships, et al. — try to make their populations more “legible.” …

Scott documents all sorts of massive state failures that ignored human nature and common sense. The war on best friends strikes me as a perfect retail example of this wholesale line of thinking.

At a minimum, I think the kids should get cable tv, weight rooms and free lawyers like the other inmates.


1 thought on “The W o BFF: r u n nml?

  1. At the root of the idea that no one should have a best friend is the desire that no one will stand for the malcontent when he’s shipped off to the re-education camp.

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