Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Taking Offense

It's not a problem if you're offended by something.  The problem comes when you expect everyone to bow to your wishes because you're offended:
Irshad Manji thinks young people in American society have become too easily offended.

“I’m here to propose that while more and more schools are teaching young people how not to be offensive, they also need to be teaching a new generation how not to be offended,” Manji — an educator who recently released her third book, Don’t Label Me: An Incredible Conversation for Divided Times — says in a video for Time.

Discussions about what is and isn’t “politically correct” have dominated social media in recent years, but Manji believes “giving offense is the price of diversity, not an impediment to diversity.”

This is why she suggests schools should teach the next generation of adults — who will undoubtedly be debating politics and other polarizing issues — how not to feel insulted when faced with differing viewpoints.

“Teaching young people how not to be offended is to equip them to embrace people as complex individuals and not just as mascots of this or that tribe,” says Manji. “We grow by engaging those with whom we disagree. When we take offense, we’re in [a] reactive mode, and we miss opportunities to ask people why they believe what they do.”
Gonna have to reprogram just about every leftie out there.


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