He went on to say, "On College campuses, the pursuit of safety now rivals the pursuit of knowledge as the ultimate goal, and some people are willing to go to great extreme to achieve it."
Many campuses have already created "safe spaces" where students can express feelings and ideas, without being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of biological sex, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, cultural background, religious affiliation, and age.
...gee...don't think about upsetting subjects -- don't talk about them...?
Thank goodness the University of Chicago has started upsetting this applecart. The dean of students sent all new students this letter:
"Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called trigger warnings, we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own...”
Commenting on this, The New York Times said the letter was a not-so-veiled rebuke to the protests calling for limits on what kinds of speech should be condoned on campus, and who should be allowed to speak -- protests that have rocked Yale, Wesleyan, Oberlin and many other colleges and universities in recent years.
Hey guys, "trigger" warnings get you focused -- preoccupied with your feelings -- it restricts your horizons. Getting involved with current ideas involves risk, but slapping warnings on them undermines your ability to explore them. You can't anticipate every potential trigger -- the world's too large, but even if you could, why would you want to?
Guys, one of the reasons you go to college IS to get more knowledge by being exposed to new ideas, and observing, and participating in what's new. Being jarred, shocked, along with being amused and annoyed, expands everything about you and what you can do and be and enjoy in your life.
I say YAY for learning more! Trigger" warnings -- BIG BOO.