There seems to be a lot “precious snowflakes” stealing oxygen from the rest of us lately. College campuses are loaded with them (see Colorado College Encourages Good Health. Students Protest ‘BODY SHAMING!!!’ and #TheChalkening: Michigan Students Call for Arrests Over ‘Offensive’ Chalk Signs…). But what’s with the sudden explosion of these wimpy, whiny little twits? It’s like an outbreak of stupid that not even The Walking Dead could adequately cover. At least the zombies don’t complain about safe-spaces.
Professor Howard Schwartz has a few thoughts that he shared with The College Fix while promoting his new book. Long story short? It’s all psychological…
“The oversensitivity of individuals today, including political correctness and microaggressions, all stem from this idea that people operating under the notion of the pristine self, view you as evil because you are showing them something other than love.”
Yep, Imma need to applaud this right here. Because he’s right on the bitcoin. I especially like the term “pristine self,” the idea that these little snowflakes should be loved unconditionally by everyone, at all times, for every reason, and if you don’t accept them wholesale, you’re some flavor of bigot.
Let me also note that individual snowflakes might be unique and beautiful on the microlevel, but when they gather together en masse they’re an annoying mess. The snowflake comparison is appropriate.
“People now experience the entire world as a form of bullying. The helicopter parent protects the children from real dangers but also fantasy dangers. These precious snowflakes are the children of political correctness, their parents and schools lead them to believe that the world is perfectly moralistic — they don’t live in the real world, it is a fantasy.”
This is where it really gets sad, because college is supposed to PREPARE YOU for the real world. As in giving you a more precise education for that dream job you think you want. Instead, colleges shelter you from the real world because it’s the only way to stop your whining.
You know what else? Parents are supposed to prepare their kids for the real world. So is friggin high school, come to think of it. Generation snowflake has been sheltered and screwed since infancy, from the hover parents, to the “you’re perfect just the way you are” school system, all the way to trigger-warning safe spaces of college campuses.
I weep for the future. But we’re not going to let the melting snowballs off that easily.
Welcome to reality, cupcakes.