She calls herself the “Tiger Mom.” Amy Chua once suggested that Chinese mothers were better than mothers of other cultures. Now, she has raised the stakes and her husband, Jed Rubenfeld, has joined her this time in a book titled The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America. They argue that there are some cultures that are better than others based on three markers: superiority, insecurity and impulse control. Maureen Callahan of The New York Post provides a review of the book and commentary. I will provide my condolences. Lord, have mercy on us.
Writings like these and others should cause us to lament but they also point to the pridefulness that leads many of us. Our culture celebrates pride and encourages us to “take pride in ourselves.” But, the Bible says, “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverb 16.18). I wonder what destruction is before us and what fall could have been avoided if we had not acted out of pride.