Or, be careful for what you wish! You might just get it.
First of all, read this: I’m a Liberal Professor and My Liberal Students Terrify Me, by Edward Schlosser – on Vox.
I’m going to quote some of the article here:
Herein lies the folly of oversimplified identity politics: while identity concerns obviously warrant analysis, focusing on them too exclusively draws our attention so far inward that none of our analyses can lead to action. Rebecca Reilly Cooper, a political philosopher at the University of Warwick, worries about the effectiveness of a politics in which “particular experiences can never legitimately speak for any one other than ourselves, and personal narrative and testimony are elevated to such a degree that there can be no objective standpoint from which to examine their veracity.” Personal experience and feelings aren’t just a salient touchstone of contemporary identity politics; they are the entirety of these politics. In such an environment, it’s no wonder that students are so prone to elevate minor slights to protestable offenses.
The press for actionability, or even for comprehensive analyses that go beyond personal testimony, is hereby considered redundant, since all we need to do to fix the world’s problems is adjust the feelings attached to them and open up the floor for various identity groups to have their say. All the old, enlightened means of discussion and analysis —from due process to scientific method — are dismissed as being blind to emotional concerns and therefore unfairly skewed toward the interest of straight white males. All that matters is that people are allowed to speak, that their narratives are accepted without question, and that the bad feelings go away.
So it’s not just that students refuse to countenance uncomfortable ideas — they refuse to engage them, period. Engagement is considered unnecessary, as the immediate, emotional reactions of students contain all the analysis and judgment that sensitive issues demand. As Judith Shulevitz wrote in the New York Times, these refusals can shut down discussion in genuinely contentious areas, such as when Oxford canceled an abortion debate. More often, they affect surprisingly minor matters, as when Hampshire College disinvited an Afrobeat band because their lineup had too many white people in it.”
Here’s another article: Columbia Students Triggered By Old Books Are the Ones Who Need Them Most.
C. S. Lewis:
“Every age has it’s own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means old books.”
My god, kids need to grow the hell up! Parents, if I could give you one piece of advice, it’s this – Do not spare your children all unpleasantness. Challenges help us develop into real mature responsible responsive empathetic adults.
Much as we wish it were so, life ain’t a bed of roses.
It ain’t about ‘the narrative’. It’s about the truth. Truth may be personal, but it is not relative. Consider this– if everything is relative then Mother Theresa is no better than Jeffrey Dahmer.