Last week The New York Times examined "safe spaces" at colleges, which are secluded spots made for students to keep their feelings from being hurt by different viewpoints.
A demand for lockstep exists in all places where discomfort from dissent is recast as offense. - Greg Gutfeld
In these comfort bubbles, people refrain from making jokes for fear of bruising one's delicate sensibilities. This is not shocking. As the modern era shows, if a fact hurts your feelings, the feelings win.
In fact, safe spaces are designed to turn emotions into medical conditions. If you can claim that an idea scars your well-being, fearful administrators will suppress the point of view. Ultimately, that leads to speakers being disinvited and apologies made about everything.
It's crazy this is happening on campus where the free flow of ideas is the whole idea. But that's changed. As the lunatics run the asylum, all the walls must now be padded. Free speech be gone, words are weapons that hurt like hurled rocks. It's the new strategy to suppress competing ideas and it's working.
But as we criticize, we must police this stuff among ourselves. A demand for lockstep exists in all places where discomfort from dissent is recast as offense. After all, the only way to strengthen an argument is to make it vulnerable to criticism. It's called learning.
Demanding consensus is coward's work. And if you can't take the heat or a joke, get out of the kitchen and go back to college.