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Response to yeoman6987 (Reply #50)

Thu Aug 11, 2016, 02:56 AM

192. Is it the purpose of higher education to equip people to handle adversity?

If that is the case, where is the adversity that monied straight white men, just as an example, are subjected to so that they may be so equipped?

It strikes me that they may be the people most in need of such equipping, since they don't tend to get it anywhere else.

Is it the purpose of higher education to train people to meet their bosses' expectations?

But mostly, when did prejudice become a "different point of view"?

I've been around for a long time—since back when "prejudice" was actually what we called the animus that some members of some privileged groups harbor toward those who are disadvantaged by circumstance ... or by that prejudice.

And we just never pretended, back then, to be so blind to it, or felt such an urge to invoke the holy freedom of speech to justify it—as if it could.

It seems to me that the problem in our times is not that the victims of prejudice have grown weak-kneed and delicate.

It is that those who choose to be prejudiced—or to benefit from the prejudice of others—have grown rebellious under the yoke of civilization, and civilization itself has become weak-kneed and has retreated from its job of restraining the barbarians.

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