Why do so many of our young people instantly break down in tears the moment anything seriously offends them?
Have we raised an entire generation that has been so coddled and that is so spineless that it is completely incapable of dealing with the harsh realities of the modern world? At colleges and universities all over North-America, students are now demanding “safe spaces” where anything and everything that could possibly make them feel “uncomfortable” is banned. And “trigger warnings” are being placed on some of our great literary classics because they might cause some students to feel “unsafe” because they may be reminded of a past trauma. In this day and age, our overly coddled young people have come to expect that they should be automatically shielded from anything that could remotely be considered harmful or offensive, and as a result-is it possible, we now have an entire generation that is completely lacking in toughness. In the western world, political correctness is often taken to absolutely ridiculous extremes in attempt to keep people from being exposed to anything that could remotely be considered “offensive”.
Could you imagine banning clapping? But this is actually happening. Anything that might make someone feel the least bit “uncomfortable” is now being labeled as a “micro-aggression”, and at schools all over North-America “safe spaces” are being set up where young people can avoid anyone or anything that may make them “feel uncomfortable, unwelcome or challenged”. And this is not a fringe movement at all. These “safe spaces” are being established at some of the most prestigious universities in the entire country, and in at least one case a “safe space” included calming music, cookies, Play-Doh, videos etc… A Harvard student described in the university newspaper attending a “safe space” complete with “massage circles” that was designed to help students have open conversations. The real world is tough, and do we need to teach our kids to be tough? Another big thing that students are demanding now are “trigger warnings” on any educational materials that may potentially upset someone.