Poor Babies

Seeing the growing calls from perpetually offended and aggrieved college students to silence, censor, or expel those who expose them to the harsh realities of life, meaning they expose these poor innocents to ideas and realities that reflect real life, one has to wonder how it is these enfants terrible ever made it through middle and high schools unscarred.

Once they get to college they are exposed to people who fill them with the idea that no one should ever be exposed to things that make them uncomfortable, even if those things are real and truthful. They demand “trigger warnings” and “safe zones” to prevent anyone one from exposing them to differing viewpoints that cause them stress and make them feel like they need to curl up into a ball until the bad things go away. Conversations and discussions are impossible unless they are insipid and bland and uncontroversial (at least to them).

What we're seeing is young adults acting like young children, demanding to be protected from the reality of adult life and trying to make sure they never ever have to deal with adult things.

Boy, are they going to be surprised when they finally leave the safe and secure halls of academe and find they are unprepared to deal with the real world where no one cares whether they're offended by normal everyday topics of conversation, particularly in a business setting. They will find no one will be willing to accommodate their demands because, quite frankly, it is not their job to do so. They'll find no one willing to address their complaints about “micro-aggressions” or “hate speech” or a whole host of other normal every day actions that traumatize the poor dears.

If folks like that don't want to deal with real life, I doubt they'll have much luck convincing all of the regular folks to drastically alter their behavior just to prevent these poor kids from being traumatized. More likely the response they'll receive after making these demands will equate to “Sod off, Swampy!” or even more profane responses.

If these young men and women want to be spared being exposed to such behavior, then I have two suggestions to make that will help them avoid all such traumatizing experiences: 1) cloister yourself away from the real world in a convent or monastery, or 2) go live by yourself in the wilderness far away from everyone else so you'll be safe and the rest of us won't have to give you the spankings you so richly deserve because you are such overly sensitive assholes.

So endith the lesson.