Claire Fox, head of a thinktank called the Institute of Ideas, has penned a coruscating critique of “Generation Snowflake”, the name given to a growing group of youngsters who “believe it’s their right to be protected from anything they might find unpalatable”.
Fox added: “I expected robust discussion – not for them all to dissolve into outraged gasps of, ‘You can’t say that!’
“Their reaction shocked me. I take no pleasure in making teenagers cry, but it also brought home the contrast to previous generations of young people, who would have relished the chance to argue back.
“It illustrated this generation’s almost belligerent sense of entitlement. They assume their emotional suffering takes precedence. Express a view they disagree with and you must immediately recant and apologise.”
Silly beyond belief is the current notion that something controversial is actually something “…you can’t say.”
Apparently this generation unlike any before it has been so trained to accept and enforce the established norms, that they can’t handle much discussion at all.
How to fix this? I think we need to find some of these gals, let them ride their bikes for a few feet. No helmets. Then ask them to safely hold scissors with sharp edges for a few minutes. Maybe sit in a circle and say one mildly critical thing about everyone around them. What I’m saying is that they need to be eased into these things.
Meanwhile, you won’t mind if we just avoid giving any of these knuckleheads and authority or responsibility for a while.