Our freedom of speech in this country has been under constant fire over the past few years. The push to increase the bounds of what is considered hate speech and make its punishments harsher has left law makers in a pickle. If they pursue making speech illegal, they violate the Constitution, but if they don’t, they risk alienating the constituents who have their panties in a wad about political correctness.
Congress heard from some non-politicians a few weeks ago speaking about censorship on college campuses. This has become an increasingly prevalent issue as students have been protesting, even doing major destruction to their campuses when someone they don’t think should be allowed to voice their opinion is slated to speak there.
Speakers like Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter and others who liberal PC subscribing students disagree with have been banished from popular college campuses. Today, funnyman and podcast host Adam Carolla joins their ranks.
Carolla obviously toughened up and did what it took to make it on his own and he’s shocked that other kids won’t even stand up and debate their cause, they’re stooping to vandalism. Even just a few years ago, something like this would have ended with kids in jail and kicked out of school. Now it’s literally taking an act of congress to get the kids at these schools to stop setting things on fire because someone said something they disagreed with.
This outsider is looking into these schools up close and personal for the second time in his life, and he’s seeing individuals on the cusp of adulthood who have been bubble wrapped their entire life, and the real world is hitting them in the face all at once. The concept of someone disagreeing us may not be that new to some of us, but to these kids not winning at everything they put their hands to is a new concept.
It’s a similar concept to Achilles dying from being shot in the foot. He’d never felt pain, and because of that, what would have been a flesh wound to anyone else was a mortal wound to him. When an entire generation of people have never been disagreed with in any significant way, they are so shocked and offended that they’re acting out like toddlers, and we’re letting them get away with it.
The best way to cure someone of the shock of disagreeing with them is to do it a whole lot. That shock will wear off pretty quickly and they’ll understand what it’s like to have a real live discussion, or even agree to disagree. Imagine a world where that’s a little more common.