SO SAD that places of higher learning are risk-averse. To dedicate one's life to the pursuit of learning in a laboratory setting without being able to test out real-world theories is a bottle neck of ranking, competition and in-fighting.
It may be a developmental stage to feel emboldened and radical, but so is stealing. When consequences are dire and hate/violence is returned with hate/violence, it's not righteousness. It's sick. Could someone please figure out a dietary supplement or simple procedure to fuse the pre-frontal cortex at an earlier age? How does being right or radical include violence when violence is also condemned as an ideology? My violence is better than yours?
The incident at Middlebury College seems beyond morally justified to me. Maybe there is more to the story....still doesn't compare to hate crimes like hanging a child or killing a person based on difference. Still. Violence dehumanizes. Period. There is no right in hurt. The problem with righteous indignation is that it is still anger and it is anger that destroys and hurts. Sometimes pain does this too. The phoenix may rise from the ashes but that's not the human experiment I am committed to.
Anyone about to say, "oh...look at those crybaby liberals nazis....." Don't. The highest office in this country is held by a person who's modeling immature name calling, blaming, tantrums, and impulse -- something that parents across the political spectrum ever-strive not to happen if we want our children to be caring and responsible human beings.
I think of a little boy I used to know who often screamed YOU'RE BAD!!!!! Whenever he didn't get his way. Looking back it was developmentally cute and harmless but didn't that behavior need to be redirected in a way that showed all the choices a person has to express dissatisfaction with respect and without damage to understanding in relationship?
Anyone about to say "the revolution will not be civil....." How will that work out for us?
I dreamt about a hanging child last night and still, we count our children's crayons and cut the crusts off their sandwiches....
Is there more to this college story? I acknowledge I am reacting emotionally, which rarely has worked out for me. I am sad and worried. I am willing to be vulnerable to respectful critique, but not more logical fallacies. _/\_