Trigger Warning: UTK Daily Beacon Style

The University of Tennessee’s student newspaper, The Daily Beacon, today released a survey entitled “Trigger Warnings in Classrooms” to conduct so-called research on “student attitudes surrounding trigger warnings in the classroom.” This is in addition to the University’s already existing Bias Response Team. One nonsense appropriation must not be enough.

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For those of you reading this that are living in the real world which are commonly referred to as adults, trigger warning may be a new term for you.

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A trigger warning is when a child person is so sensitive to the world around them, that they cannot function once something is said or done that offends said individual. Urban Dictionary defines it quite nicely:

“A phrase posted at the beginning of various posts, articles, or blogs. Its purpose is to warn weak-minded people who are easily offended that they might find what is being posted offensive in some way due to its content, causing them to overreact…”

These trigger warnings are often used by feeble-minded people who are card-carrying members of the “I’m a victim” society. They are commonly referred to as Social Justice Warriors (SJW).  These keyboard jockeys have nothing better to do all day than try to silence others that do not promote their socialist, utopian ideas. These buzzcut, unshaved, braless reformers can typically be found in gender studies classes eating Ben and Jerry’s and complaining about how the white man is the antichrist to all. (See image below)

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Recently in the news, two universities have made headlines due to their confrontation of this idiotic ideology which invokes trigger warnings. First comes the logic and foundational argument, and then comes your dad yelling at you to “toughen up buttercup.”

The foundation to all free speech and learning in college is the letter from the University of Chicago. This bold letter in today’s world of academia is nothing short of erotic. This generation of college students is being grossly unprepared by the majority of universities for actual life due to their fairyland ideas of peace and harmony as long as there is no truth. The dean of students launches a full-frontal attack on the ideas of SJWs everywhere.

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He (is this pronoun oppressive?) correctly makes two points.

  1. WE DO NOT CARE HOW IDEAS OR FACTS MAKE YOU FEEL 
    1. The university does not support “so-called ‘trigger warnings’…do not cancel invited speakers because of their topics might be controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.”
  2. RESPECTFUL FREE SPEECH OF IDEAS IS THE FOUNDATION OF LEARNING
    1. “Members of our community are encouraged to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn without fear of censorship…we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement.”

Next, is the pep talk from dad to a student that was offended by a sermon at school.

Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic. Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims. Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them “feel bad” about themselves, is a “hater,” a “bigot,” an “oppressor,” and a “victimizer.”

I have a message for this young man and all others who care to listen. That feeling of discomfort you have after listening to a sermon is called a conscience. An altar call is supposed to make you feel bad. It is supposed to make you feel guilty. The goal of many a good sermon is to get you to confess your sins—not coddle you in your selfishness. The primary objective of the Church and the Christian faith is your confession, not your self-actualization.

Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them. This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up.

This is not a day care. This is a university.

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So to those of you at The Daily Beacon, administration, students, and SJWs everywhere that so desperately feel the need to bubble wrap the minds of this generation, please stop. No one cares. You cannot claim to stand for free speech of ideas and yet try to shut down anything that happens to offend someone. You cannot claim to be for justice and yet terminate ideas or facts that are uncomfortable with your trigger happy minds. You cannot take away the right of a person to freedom of ideas just because they do not meet your gender, race, age, mentality, or sexuality defined box. You are actually hurting students in the process! Humans were created (yes, I believe in creation…hang me) to do incredible things like we already have. We are destined to soar higher, travel further, create better, and grow deeper by design. Life is hard. This is not your thin-skinned idea of society, this is not a day care, this is not a safe space, this is life, and it gets a lot harder from here.

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