Long past are the days when universities stood for intellect.
Time and time again, we are seeing examples of universities all over the world changing their policies to respect a more inclusive and less controversial form of education.
Less controversial education is also known as dumbed-down education. Far too often, I see people scared to give their opinions because they know it will lead to downright vilification from their peers, and professors won’t defend conservative students for failing to conform to the new cultural norm. Even the all-too-rare right-wing professors won’t state their contrarian beliefs because they won’t risk their careers and reputations. The way adults and people of esteem allow the whining millennials to dictate their beliefs has and will continue to lead us to a society of feeble-minded adults who scream and cry when they don’t get their way.
What happened to the days when codes and rules were in place for a reason, were to be followed, and when saying “no” meant “end of discussion?” There is no room for respect in today’s world, not for our elders, our parents, or our peers. The willingness to succumb to entitled cry-babies who don’t get their way has ruined discourse, debate, and free thought. I am not hopeful for the future of the world, the world my kids will grow up in, if we continue to let a liberally dominated cultural of millennials and SJWs make the rules.
Thankfully, there has been an awakening. The spiral of silence that rational thinkers have succumbed to for so long, for fear of alienation, has finally begun to be chipped away at.
People like Professor Jordan Peterson of the University of Toronto have brought the fight to life.
Peterson not only refuses to address students by their imaginary or incorrect pronouns, which is taking a large step to bring back logic to learning, but he openly opposes the Trudeau Government’s Bill C-16, a bill that would amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to add gender identity/expression to the list of Prohibited Grounds of Discrimination. The bill would make referring to someone as anything other than their preferred pronouns a literal hate crime punishable by criminal prosecution, most likely in the form of a hefty fine. This would effectively kill any ideas that disagree with the majority of millennial thought, that gender can be anything you want.
Peterson has a view on that idea as well. As he previously stated, “I don’t think there’s any evidence for it” when asked for an opinion on ‘non-binary’ (A.K.A imaginary, made-up, non-existent, or any other type of gender aside from male or female) genders. He’s right. There hasn’t been any actual scientific studies saying that it’s not a mental disorder to consider yourself outside of male or female.
Another person standing up to the entitled generation is Iowan Lawmaker Bobby Kaufmann (Schmidt, Boston Globe). Kaufmann has proposed a law that would punish schools who have catered to crybabies’ requests to cancel midterms, exams, and to provide grief counseling to students and staff distraught that the election didn’t go their way through harsh budget cuts.
Kaufmann’s bill is rightfully known as the “Suck it up, Buttercup” bill.
Professor Peterson and Mr. Kaufmann should be revered as national heroes. They are two people not afraid to stand up for their beliefs, for academic discourse, free speech, and most importantly, against entitled millennials, with a goal of taking back our world.
Universities and societies valuing free speech, debate, and different opinions are making a major rebound after being gone for quite a few years. Academia may have never died, but intellect most certainly has. I and many other people in my generation hope that this comeback can be made not only for ourselves but for our children and our children’s children.
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