Question: You have referred to a "system" of evaluating human worth in our culture, beginning with the most important attribute of physical attractiveness. What ranks second in significance?
Dr. Dobson: It is the presence of intelligence, as expressed in scholastic aptitude. When the birth of a firstborn child is imminent, his parents pray that he will be normal . . . that is, "average."
But from that moment on, average will not be good enough. Their child must excel. He must succeed.
He must triumph. He must earn a stunning report card and amaze his teachers with his wit and wisdom. He must star in Little League, and later he must be the quarterback or the senior class president or the valedictorian.
His sister must be the cheerleader or the soloist or the homecoming queen. Throughout the formative years of childhood, his parents give him the same message day after day: "We're counting on you to do something fantastic, son. Now don't disappoint us!"