Sounds to me like the students protesting this teachers email are exercising their free speech to me.
I don't agree with their protests, but they have the right to be "offended". Who am I to declare someone should or shouldn't be offended?
We "should" on people to much. People "should" on us too. We "should" on our friends, we "should" on our neighbors, we "should" on our children well
into adulthood. Pretty soon we're all covered in "should", and yet we keep flinging that "should" at one another.
I read her email, and I think it's a good email, and she makes a good point -- but at the same time, it's not my place to look down my nose at those
who took offense (mistakenly I believe). I can't force anyone to think or feel a certain way. It's simply not my place. The only person I have control
over is me. My thoughts, my feelings, my actions.
This "special snowflake" sydrome is a symptom of a very deep and troubling trend in America. I've said it many times, and even broken it down into
detail in many threads. People feel disenfranchised, unheard, unloved, unimportant -- we feel faceless in our society. We're more connected than ever
before through our technology, yet studies show that depression and feelings of loneliness are still very high.
Our social media encourages narcissism and Western culture fetishizes material objects over human interaction. We're obsessed and brainwashed by "the
rat race" and exhibiting all kinds of anti-community behaviors in a bid to somehow achieve/gain some imaginary goal that we've been told we want.
Fighting back against the dehumanizing values that are being handed down to use through our culture, we're regressing. People are begining to act
childish and infantile. It is my belief that when we feel dehumanized, abandoned, neglected, forgotten, and not listened to -- we begin to behave as
children, children having a temper tantrum. Children know how to get attention by crying and making themselves into victims to gather sympathy.
Children also are very good about gratifying their egos, and expect everything NOW.
Look around, we want everything NOW -- we live to gratify our egos through material possessions, drugs, alcohol (alcohol now kills one in ten working
aged Americans according to the
) -- we behave in
attention-seeking ways and make ourselves out to be victims ... that sure sounds like adults behaving as children to me.
So while I've been able to describe the symptoms and the reasons behind them -- I don't have a good prescription on how to achieve a concrete
solution. I will say that not allowing your culture to define you can go a long way -- don't allow yourself to become a cultural meme of the society
you live in -- strive for better.