‘They see words as a form of violence’: concerning rise of the ‘snowflake generation’
The aptly named “snowflake generation” dominating our university campuses is starting to attract the ire and concern of many, as the “fragile” demographic transitions into their first full time jobs.
Long seen as the children of overbearing helicopter parents raised in cotton wool, it seems the snowflake generations’ immersion in the ideological echo chamber of university isn’t boding well for the under 25-year-old fraternity.
Not only do they not have the intestinal fortitude to deal with the inevitable let-downs and disappointments of the real world. They also don’t seem to be able to deal with the disagreement they find on the other side of the political divide.
“Something has changed in these kids,” says Josh Glancy, New York Correspondent for The Sunday Times.
“Part of the problem is on campus. There are almost no conservatives on the faculty. It’s a very one dimensional political culture. You do have kids there who don’t want to hear opposing opinions and aren’t comfortable hearing things that don’t prescribe with their worldview. And they react very anxiously when they’re confronted with opposing views.”
“They see speech as a form of violence. They don’t want to hear certain voices, on issues of gender and race particularly.”
For Michael McLaren, this raises concerns about what our future will look like, with the “snowflake generation” leading the way.
“These young people are going to be tomorrow’s leaders. Their ideas and their ideologies and the incubation that they’re getting in these universities is going to be spewed out in so many ways from very important and powerful pulpits. The comment is, God help this nation when this mob start running the show.”
“If we have a real serious event on our hands, are they going to be strong enough to be able to deal with it?”
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