People are increasingly demanding to be protected from ideas they disagree with and we will all be worse for it. Continue reading...There is an excellent piece in the Atlantic this week about the rise of PC culture on American college campuses and how it ultimately damages the thinking ability and mental health of college students. This was reflected by my own experience at college. One of the things I worry most about is that people increasingly feel entitled to be sheltered from ideas they disagree with to the point where they are increasingly seeking to curtail the free expression of others. This is of course, the opposite of diversity and inclusion.
This passage particularly stood out to me:
"This new climate is slowly being institutionalized, and is affecting what can be said in the classroom, even as a basis for discussion. During the 2014–15 school year, for instance, the deans and department chairs at the 10 University of California system schools were presented by administrators at faculty leader-training sessions with examples of microaggressions. The list of offensive statements included: 'America is the land of opportunity' and 'I believe the most qualified person should get the job.'"