Why Mental Health MATTERS!

๐Ÿ“… MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH! ๐Ÿ“…

For my well-being as a whole, Iโ€™d say Iโ€™m a pretty optimistic person with dashes of realism. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

But for the Intellectual in me, I’m more of a pessimistic optimist. โ‰๏ธ

To clarify: I prepare for the worst, and I hope for the best! ๐Ÿ˜…

As weโ€™ve entered a new decade, I am pleasantly surprised to look out at our society and see how far weโ€™ve come.

๐Ÿ’ง We have water we didn’t have to filter! ๐Ÿ’ง

๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ We drive on streets we didn’t have to pave! ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ

๐Ÿ“š And we read books we didn’t have to write! ๐Ÿ“š

๐ŸŽถ We listen to music we didn’t have to produce! ๐ŸŽถ

๐Ÿ’Š We use medicines we didnโ€™t have to create! ๐Ÿ’Š

๐Ÿ™ And we have so many things we can be grateful for! ๐Ÿ™

๐Ÿคฌ “DONALD, DON’T BE NAIVE! WHAT ABOUT…?!” ๐Ÿคฌ

Of course! The history of our humanity hasnโ€™t been all sunshine and rainbows, no doubt! ๐ŸŒˆ

Big shifts in our world included mass plagues, wars, and violent revolutions, things most of us have never had to experience in our lives! ๐Ÿ‘

I agree with you; thereโ€™s no point in denying the dark points in history! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ผ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป’๐˜ โ€œ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜” ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฑ. โœ๏ธ

But, in spite of all that, in spite of all the negatives I could tell you about in history, we as humans have nevertheless continued to move forward. Consider this: we have not yet allowed ignorance to completely destroy us and our neighbors to oblivion! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Looking at our current society, from modern agriculture to medicine to artificial intelligence, I see us continuing to make great strides forward in science and technology! ๐Ÿค–

To give you one stunning fact: the average life expectancy in the past century has gone up from age 30 to 70! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

๐Ÿคฌ “DONALD! HELLO?! COVID-19!” ๐Ÿคฌ

Of course! We’re all currently going through a crisis right now with the COVID-19 pandemic. And indeed, there’s a ton of things I can tell you I feel very concerned about during this time. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

I could tell you about my concerns for loved ones who are very susceptible to this virus. I could tell you about my concerns for those who think the virus is a downright hoax. I could especially tell you about my concerns of mental health and the impact our lockdowns have had on it. ๐Ÿ˜จ

…and speaking of which, that’s why I share this post with you today! ๐Ÿ™Œ

In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, my hope in sharing this post is we continue expanding our understanding of mental health and focusing on long-term solutions to improve it. โค๏ธ

โค๏ธ ๐‘พ๐‘ฌโ€™๐‘น๐‘ฌ ๐‘ด๐‘ฐ๐‘บ๐‘บ๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฎ ๐‘พ๐‘ฏ๐‘จ๐‘ป ๐‘ด๐‘จ๐‘ป๐‘ป๐‘ฌ๐‘น๐‘บ!!! โค๏ธ

While I personally can acknowledge the progress above and am grateful to be living in this day and age, I’ve noticed many people, even before COVID started, are more pessimistic and cynical than ever! โ‰๏ธ

Factually, we’ve come so far as a civilization. But for many people emotionally, it doesn’t “feel” like it has. ๐Ÿ˜จ

Why is that?! If we live in such affluent times with more resources than ever for us to be happy, why are so many still unhappy?! โ‰๏ธ

If so many of us have more than our basic needs for food, water, and shelter, why have we seen suicide rates rise?! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Yeah! ๐…๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ— ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ! (Source: https://bit.ly/3eCcMkJ) ๐Ÿ“ˆ

๐ŸŒบ How, if thereโ€™s so many flowers in our gardens, do we still feel like we’re missing something? ๐ŸŒบ

Are we just so ungrateful that we canโ€™t see whatโ€™s right in front of us? ๐Ÿค”

Are we just not reminded enough about the facts and how great we have it compared to our ancestors? ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

Are we just simply more open these days about our emotions, hence the increase in depression and anxiety diagnoses? ๐Ÿ“„

I think these answers may be part of it, but I also think it’s multifaceted. So if you are looking for a simple answer to these questions, you’ve come to the wrong post! ๐Ÿ˜…

But while I don’t have all the answers, I will propose at least one big contribution I believe our society greatly neglects. ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

To explain, Iโ€™m reminded of the words of Palmer Joss in the 1997 film “Contact”: ๐ŸŽฌ

โ€œ๐‘จ๐’“๐’† ๐’˜๐’† ๐’‰๐’‚๐’‘๐’‘๐’Š๐’†๐’“ ๐’‚๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’‰๐’–๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ ๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’†? ๐‘ฐ๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’๐’… ๐’‡๐’–๐’๐’…๐’‚๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’๐’š ๐’‚ ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’‘๐’๐’‚๐’„๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’„๐’‚๐’–๐’”๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’”๐’„๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’†๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’๐’๐’๐’ˆ๐’š? ๐Ÿค”

๐‘พ๐’† ๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’‘ ๐’‚๐’• ๐’‰๐’๐’Ž๐’†. ๐‘พ๐’† ๐’”๐’–๐’“๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’˜๐’†๐’ƒ. ๐‘จ๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’‚๐’Ž๐’† ๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’†, ๐’˜๐’† ๐’‡๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐’†๐’Ž๐’‘๐’•๐’Š๐’†๐’“, ๐’๐’๐’๐’†๐’๐’Š๐’†๐’“, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’„๐’–๐’• ๐’๐’‡๐’‡ ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐’†๐’‚๐’„๐’‰ ๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’ ๐’‚๐’• ๐’‚๐’๐’š ๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’† ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‰๐’–๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’š. ๐‘พ๐’†’๐’“๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚ ๐’”๐’š๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’”๐’Š๐’›๐’†๐’… ๐’”๐’๐’„๐’Š๐’†๐’•๐’š ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’ˆ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’Š๐’ˆ ๐’‰๐’–๐’“๐’“๐’š ๐’•๐’ ๐’ˆ๐’†๐’• ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’†๐’™๐’• ๐’•๐’†๐’Ž๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’‚๐’“๐’š ๐’”๐’†๐’๐’”๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’. ๐Ÿ’จ

๐‘ฐ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’Œ ๐’Š๐’• ๐’Š๐’” ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’„๐’‚๐’–๐’”๐’† ๐’˜๐’† ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’๐’๐’๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ. ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’Š๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ? ๐‘พ๐’† ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’๐’†๐’”๐’” ๐’‹๐’๐’ƒ๐’”. ๐‘พ๐’† ๐’•๐’‚๐’Œ๐’† ๐’‡๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’„ ๐’—๐’‚๐’„๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’”. ๐‘ซ๐’†๐’‡๐’Š๐’„๐’Š๐’• ๐’‡๐’Š๐’๐’‚๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’•๐’“๐’Š๐’‘๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’š ๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’˜๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’Œ ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’ˆ๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‡๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’”๐’† ๐’‰๐’๐’๐’†๐’” ๐’Š๐’ ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’”. ๐‘ฐ๐’” ๐’Š๐’• ๐’‚๐’๐’š ๐’˜๐’๐’๐’…๐’†๐’“ ๐’˜๐’† ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’๐’๐’”๐’• ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’”๐’†๐’๐’”๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’…๐’Š๐’“๐’†๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’?โ€ ๐Ÿงญ

The words of Palmer Joss also remind me of the words from Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl: โ€œEver more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.โ€ โœ๏ธ

I want you to read Franklโ€™s words again but slower:

โžก๏ธ โ€œ๐—˜๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ, ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ.โ€ โฌ…๏ธ

๐ŸŒบ We have many flowers in our garden. But we have little meaning to WHY these flowers matter. Weโ€™re told to appreciate them, but we don’t understand WHY we should. ๐ŸŒบ

โค๏ธ ๐‘พ๐‘ฌโ€™๐‘น๐‘ฌ ๐‘ด๐‘ฐ๐‘บ๐‘บ๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฎ ๐‘พ๐‘ฏ๐‘จ๐‘ป ๐‘ด๐‘จ๐‘ป๐‘ป๐‘ฌ๐‘น๐‘บ!!! โค๏ธ

The problem I see happening is:

Weโ€™re mastering Quantity at the expense of Quality. โš–๏ธ

Weโ€™re mastering the Objective at the expense of the Subjective. โš–๏ธ

And weโ€™re mastering Intelligence at the expense of Emotional Intelligence. โš–๏ธ

Weโ€™re mastering our Outer Worlds at the expense of our Inner Worlds. โš–๏ธ

Weโ€™re mastering what we Want at the expense of what we Need. โš–๏ธ

And weโ€™re feeding our Heads at the expense of our Hearts. โš–๏ธ

Or to use the Hopi word: Koyaanisqatsi, which means โ€œlife out of balanceโ€. โ˜ฏ๏ธ

I see no better time than this day and age we live in for more and more people to be experiencing an existential crisis, a serious contemplation on whether oneโ€™s life has any purpose or meaning. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

I can tell you from personal experience, having an existential crisis is VERY unpleasant! And sadly, I know some individuals who didn’t make it out of them alive. ๐Ÿ•ณ๏ธ

In a world filled with paradoxes and contradictions, a world weโ€™re told has absolute truth yet contradicting ideas keep filling us with doubt, a world which at times seems pretty absurd, what is a person supposed to believe anymore?! ๐Ÿคฏ

Think about it: If everything you were once told to believe and embrace about life was irredeemably challenged, and the ideals you once stood for were now reduced to a pile of rubble, what is the next rational step for a person to take? ๐Ÿ™‰

It’s why I can’t blame someone who has had these life experiences and has become so cynical because of it. As George Carlin put it: “๐˜š๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜บ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต.” ๐ŸŽญ

But let me assure you: ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž’๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐œ๐ฒ๐ง๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ. ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž’๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐ง๐ข๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ. ๐€๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž’๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž. โค๏ธ

โค๏ธ ๐‘พ๐‘ฌโ€™๐‘น๐‘ฌ ๐‘ด๐‘ฐ๐‘บ๐‘บ๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฎ ๐‘พ๐‘ฏ๐‘จ๐‘ป ๐‘ด๐‘จ๐‘ป๐‘ป๐‘ฌ๐‘น๐‘บ!!! โค๏ธ

I believe Johann Hari said it best when he said our society is great at doing many things, like the things I mentioned above with science and technology. ๐Ÿ‘

๐—•๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒโ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ ๐—ฝ๐˜€๐˜†๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜€. ๐Ÿ˜จ

We all need to feel like we belong in this world, the need to feel like our lives have purpose and meaning, the need to feel like we are seen and appreciated by others, the need to feel like we have a compelling future to look forward to. You could even call these “the needs of the soulโ€. โค๏ธ

And yet, how many people right now are actually getting these needs met? ๐Ÿ’”

How many people are instead just being told to โ€œbe happyโ€ or being told to just remember “how great our country isโ€? ๐Ÿ’”

๐ŸŒบ ๐—œ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜€. ๐ŸŒบ

And when you understand the problem in this way, it seems more than reasonable to me that we can’t just keep telling ourselves the story that Depression and Anxiety are only caused by a lack of brain chemicals. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Perhaps our emotions have been messengers trying to tell us something important. ๐Ÿ“ฌ

Perhaps our emotions have been signaling to us the way we’re living is making us ill. ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Perhaps we’re living in an environment which magnifies, reinforces, and exacerbates our psychological problems. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

To clarify, I’m NOT claiming any conspiracies here. I’m also NOT saying any of this is being done intentionally. What I am saying is that this may be the long-term result of a society which continues to turn off the alarm bells when the alarm bells keep going off for legitimate reasons. โŒ›

Weโ€™ve been so focused on external factors to โ€œfixโ€ these alarm bells, whether it was through drugs, alcohol, food, or needless distractions that we’re in the collective habit of inadvertently killing the messenger! ๐Ÿ’Š

โค๏ธ ๐‘พ๐‘ฌโ€™๐‘น๐‘ฌ ๐‘ด๐‘ฐ๐‘บ๐‘บ๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฎ ๐‘พ๐‘ฏ๐‘จ๐‘ป ๐‘ด๐‘จ๐‘ป๐‘ป๐‘ฌ๐‘น๐‘บ!!! โค๏ธ

Iโ€™ve talked in the past about being very passionate about advocating what I call “the psychological development of the individual”.

โฌ†๏ธ ๐—ง๐—›๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ต๐˜†! โฌ†๏ธ

THIS is the reason Iโ€™m so passionate about it. It’s why Iโ€™ve surrounded myself in the field of Personal Development. It’s why Iโ€™m such a fan of philosophy. It’s why Iโ€™m such a supporter of Tony Robbinsโ€™s work. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

๐—œ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒโ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐˜€๐˜†๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—œ’๐—บ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ. ๐Ÿ˜”

Compared to where we were a few decades ago, weโ€™re now living in a much more complex world. Weโ€™re no longer going to be able to solve these complex problems with the same simplistic thinking which created them. ๐Ÿ‘

So what Iโ€™m advocating for is developing our Emotional Intelligence, developing our Cognitive skills, and encouraging the Psychological Development of the Individual. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

We’ve assumed for too long these skills would simply develop naturally with little effort. But again, look at where many people are now. ๐Ÿ˜”

Itโ€™s important I emphasize: โ›” Iโ€™m NOT saying to start neglecting or throwing out what science and technology has to offer! Not at all! โ›”

Iโ€™m not saying we need to choose one OR the other; ๐—œโ€™๐—บ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ. โ˜ฏ๏ธ

As science and technology moves forward with greater complexity, I want to ensure we as individuals move forward too, with a more complex understanding of “knowing thyself”. ๐Ÿ˜Š

But what will this require?

๐ŸŒŸ We need to appoint and elect more leaders of integrity, of emotional intelligence, who build trust in leading through their example; that’s how we decrease cynicism.

๐ŸŒŸ We need to create meaning where there’s meaninglessness to be found in peopleโ€™s lives; that’s how we decrease nihilism.

๐ŸŒŸ We need to teach people HOW to think and not WHAT to think; thatโ€™s how we develop cognitive and critical thinking skills.

๐ŸŒŸ We need to develop self awareness, to challenge our black-and-white thinking, and learn how to communicate civilly with those we disagree with; that’s how we develop empathy.

๐ŸŒŸ We need to learn to compromise, to promote societal order, to re-establish moral standards and mutually agreed upon truths; thatโ€™s how we decrease anomie.

And I won’t be so naive as to think implementing these ideas will be easy, that they will be some quick fixes, that people will be so easily convinced they are necessary endeavors. โœ…

I know that me just saying this here doesnโ€™t mean people are going to take any action to do these things. But at the very least, I hope I planted some seeds in people’s minds to think about. โœ…

These initiatives will require many more people to step forward and be a part of the change. This is not meant to be like some political statement; it’s just something Iโ€™ve been passionate about sharing for a while. I now have the words finally written out! ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿšจ Because I don’t want to keep seeing people needlessly suffer! ๐Ÿšจ

โค๏ธ ๐‘พ๐‘ฌโ€™๐‘น๐‘ฌ ๐‘ด๐‘ฐ๐‘บ๐‘บ๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฎ ๐‘พ๐‘ฏ๐‘จ๐‘ป ๐‘ด๐‘จ๐‘ป๐‘ป๐‘ฌ๐‘น๐‘บ!!! โค๏ธ

These ideas I share with you now are NOT EVEN MY IDEAS! They are not original! These ideas have been around a very long time! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

The problem is weโ€™ve either forgotten how important these ideas are or we were simply never introduced to them in the first place. And if you have never before, consider yourself introduced now! ๐Ÿ˜…

You wonโ€™t learn these ideas browsing social media posts, I can guarantee you that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒโ€™๐˜€ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ป’๐˜ ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€. ๐ŸŽฎ

I can assure you: there’s a profound sense of humility which comes when you realize how little you know, how far we can all expand our understandings of the world, if we all make the conscious choice to. โค๏ธ

Iโ€™ll leave you with wisdom from the philosopher Bertrand Russell. When asked what advice he’d give to future generations, he said this in 1959: ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

๐Ÿ’ฌ โ€œ๐‘ณ๐’๐’—๐’† ๐’Š๐’” ๐’˜๐’Š๐’”๐’†; ๐’‰๐’‚๐’•๐’“๐’†๐’… ๐’Š๐’” ๐’‡๐’๐’๐’๐’Š๐’”๐’‰. ๐‘ฐ๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’๐’…, ๐’˜๐’‰๐’Š๐’„๐’‰ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’ˆ๐’†๐’•๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’๐’”๐’†๐’๐’š ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’„๐’๐’๐’๐’†๐’„๐’•๐’†๐’…, ๐’˜๐’† ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’ ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’๐’๐’†๐’“๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐’†๐’‚๐’„๐’‰ ๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“. ๐‘พ๐’† ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’ ๐’•๐’ ๐’‘๐’–๐’• ๐’–๐’‘ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‡๐’‚๐’„๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’”๐’๐’Ž๐’† ๐’‘๐’†๐’๐’‘๐’๐’† ๐’”๐’‚๐’š ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’” ๐’˜๐’† ๐’…๐’๐’โ€™๐’• ๐’๐’Š๐’Œ๐’†. ๐‘พ๐’† ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’๐’๐’๐’š ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’˜๐’‚๐’š.

๐‘ฉ๐’–๐’• ๐’Š๐’‡ ๐’˜๐’† ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’๐’๐’• ๐’…๐’Š๐’† ๐’•๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“, ๐’˜๐’† ๐’Ž๐’–๐’”๐’• ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’… ๐’๐’‡ ๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’Š๐’•๐’š ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‚ ๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’… ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’๐’๐’†๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’„๐’†, ๐’˜๐’‰๐’Š๐’„๐’‰ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’”๐’๐’๐’–๐’•๐’†๐’๐’š ๐’—๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’ ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’–๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‰๐’–๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ ๐’๐’Š๐’‡๐’† ๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‘๐’๐’‚๐’๐’†๐’•.โ€ ๐Ÿ’ฌ

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you found this helpful! โค๏ธ

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BOOK SUMMARY ๐Ÿ“–: The Coddling of the American Mind

In September of 2015, an article written by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff was published in The Atlantic titled โ€œThe Coddling of the American Mind.โ€ ๐Ÿ“ฐ

At first glance, the title of this article could easily be mistaken for a right-wing polemic on โ€œthe snowflake generationโ€ and โ€œsocial justice warriorsโ€. ๐Ÿคฌ

But itโ€™s far from it! In fact, the authors themselves are openly left-leaning in their political views! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

It was the insistence of their publisher asking for a more provocative title than the one they proposed that โ€œCoddlingโ€ was born. (https://bit.ly/30URyJt) ๐Ÿ˜…

Initially, the article was written to discuss various instances happening on college campuses where students were protesting words, ideas, and subjects they deemed offensive. โœŠ

๐Ÿ“Œ Guest speakers who were coming to campus were being disrupted and shouted down.

๐Ÿ“Œ Ideas like โ€œmicroaggressionsโ€, โ€œtrigger warningsโ€, and โ€œsafe spacesโ€ were being introduced and implemented by college administrators.

๐Ÿ“Œ Words were starting to be equated by some college students as โ€œviolenceโ€.

๐Ÿ“Œ Colleges were catering to studentโ€™s demands with little critical discussion.

The point of Haidt and Lukianoffโ€™s article was to illuminate the problems and to try and understand why they were occurring. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Haidt and Lukianoff could understand the measures being taken by colleges, measures such as Microaggression Training, were being done with good intentions. ๐Ÿ‘

But coming from his work as a social psychologist, Haidt saw these measures as being ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐œ ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ญ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐จ๐๐ž๐ซ๐ง ๐๐ฌ๐ฒ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ฒ.

โš ๏ธ The idea of โ€œmicroaggressionsโ€ go against the very idea of not making the worst possible assumptions of other peoples’ intentions (a cognitive distortion known as โ€œmind readingโ€).

โš ๏ธ The idea of โ€œtrigger warningsโ€ and โ€œsafe spacesโ€ go against the very methods used in Exposure Therapy to combat phobias and feelings of anxiety.

โš ๏ธ The idea of continuously giving into angry studentโ€™s demands reinforces the likelihood they will use the same angry methods for demands in the future.

With the publication of the article, the reception was…controversial! ๐Ÿ˜…

Many readers, including college faculty and students, sent in responses confirming Haidt and Lukianoffโ€™s concerns. ๐Ÿ‘

Both faculty members and college students expressed fears of being unable to share their different viewpoints outside the status quo of their peers, less they not be reported to college administrators. ๐Ÿ”ฑ

Haidt and Lukianoff learned that some colleges had implemented a “Bias Reporting System”, where students could anonymously report anyone (including faculty) for sharing views they perceived to be discriminatory. ๐Ÿšจ

๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ณ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ฉ ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ. ๐Ÿšจ

That said, there were also criticisms to Haidt and Lukianoff’s article as well. ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

The primary criticism was that the authors were using only a few isolated incidents to justify their national concerns. In other words, they were inciting a moral panic over a minor problem. ๐Ÿ˜…

๐๐”๐“ ๐“๐‡๐„๐…

Only a month after the articleโ€™s publication did another college incident happen. And then another. And then another. And then another. ๐Ÿšจ

One of the most infamous incidents happened 2 months later at Yale University. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Erika Christakis, a lecturer at Yale Child Study Care Center had written an email expressing concern over whether Yale administrators should be giving guidance to students about appropriate and inappropriate Halloween costumes. ๐Ÿ“ง

She believed administrators should let the students make their own decisions and let them talk among each other if they had disagreements. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

After all, they are adults over 18 years old. ๐Ÿ‘

โ€œ๐˜›๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณโ€, she noted in her email. โ€œ๐˜๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ.โ€ ๐Ÿ˜Š

This email sparked outrage from some Yale students who interpreted Erikaโ€™s words as meaning she supported racist Halloween costumes. โ—

Soon after, around 150 student protesters surrounded the courtyard of Christakisโ€™s home on campus, writing statements in chalk which included: โ€œ๐™’๐™š ๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™šโ€. ๐Ÿ˜ 

Erikaโ€™s husband Nicholas went out to the courtyard to try and reason with them. Students demanded he apologize and renounce his wifeโ€™s email. ๐Ÿคฌ

In a tense confrontation which lasted over 2 hours, Nicholas was accused of being โ€œracistโ€, โ€œoffensiveโ€, and โ€œcreating a space for violenceโ€. ๐Ÿคฌ

At a later point, one student even screamed in Nicholasโ€™s face:

โ€œ๐™„๐™ ๐™„๐™Ž ๐™‰๐™Š๐™ ๐˜ผ๐˜ฝ๐™Š๐™๐™ ๐˜พ๐™๐™€๐˜ผ๐™๐™„๐™‰๐™‚ ๐˜ผ๐™‰ ๐™„๐™‰๐™๐™€๐™‡๐™‡๐™€๐˜พ๐™๐™๐˜ผ๐™‡ ๐™Ž๐™‹๐˜ผ๐˜พ๐™€! ๐™„๐™ ๐™„๐™Ž ๐˜ผ๐˜ฝ๐™Š๐™๐™ ๐˜พ๐™๐™€๐˜ผ๐™๐™„๐™‰๐™‚ ๐˜ผ ๐™ƒ๐™Š๐™ˆ๐™€ ๐™ƒ๐™€๐™๐™€! ๐™”๐™Š๐™ ๐™Ž๐™ƒ๐™Š๐™๐™‡๐˜ฟ ๐™‰๐™Š๐™ ๐™Ž๐™‡๐™€๐™€๐™‹ ๐˜ผ๐™ ๐™‰๐™„๐™‚๐™ƒ๐™! ๐™”๐™Š๐™โ€™๐™๐™€ ๐˜ฟ๐™„๐™Ž๐™‚๐™๐™Ž๐™๐™„๐™‰๐™‚!โ€ ๐Ÿคฌ

(Excerpt footage of the Yale incident: https://bit.ly/2zBgrPg)

Similar incidents echoed in the coming years. ๐Ÿ“…

Another infamous incident happened at Evergreen State College. Every year the school took part in an Day of Absence tradition where minority students and faculty would voluntarily stay off campus to highlight their campus contributions. ๐Ÿ™Œ

But in 2017 the tradition was flipped. Administrators decided they would now ask white students and white faculty to voluntarily stay off campus to be educated on race issues. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

Biology professor Bret Weinstein (who openly identifies as a progressive and left-leaning libertarian) emailed the campus expressing concern over the change. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ

Included in his email ๐Ÿ“ง:

โ€œ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ดโ€ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ. โš–๏ธ

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ช๐˜ด, ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง. ๐Ÿ™Œ

๐˜–๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ โ€“ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ โ€“ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ.โ€ ๐Ÿ’ฏ

As with Yale, this email sparked outrage. About a month after his email, students surrounded Weinsteinโ€™s classroom entrance and berated him. As with Christakis, students demanded Weinstein denounce his views and lose his job. ๐Ÿคฌ

Campus police were called, but students barred them from reaching Weinstein so they had to call for backup. ๐Ÿš“

The same student protesters eventually marched to the administration building, surrounded the College Presidentโ€™s office, and provided him the same beratement. ๐Ÿคฌ

There was even a point where student protesters barricaded the main entrances to the administration building and refused to let President Bridges leave his office unless they escorted him. โ—

๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐ ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ž๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐จ๐ฆ. โ—

(Excerpt footage of the Evergreen incident: https://bit.ly/2XZswqE)

For even more protest instances, I’ve provided Sources at the bottom of this post. โฌ‡๏ธ

So perhaps, you may have the same question I was also askingโ€ฆ ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง?! ๐Ÿ˜…

What initially started out as a small article in The Atlantic was now having its initial concerns realized. ๐Ÿ™Œ

By September 2018, Haidt and Lukianoff had far more incidents and insights to report on, which ultimately was to become their full-length book: โ€œThe Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting up a Generation for Failureโ€. ๐Ÿ“–

But before I get to the book, itโ€™s important we back up for just a momentโ€ฆโœ‹

First off, what is the purpose of a university? What is the aim (or ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด) of a university? ๐Ÿค”

Most people I know would say it is to learn. To pursue truth. And yes, perhaps to also enjoy the frat parties! ๐Ÿ˜œ

But this idea is even shown on the crests of universities like Harvard (โ€œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ดโ€/truth) and Yale (โ€œ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜น ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ดโ€/light and truth)! ๐Ÿ˜…

The point is: we go to a university to be enlightened, to be exposed to new ideas and viewpoints, to be among other students who may have different life experiences we can learn from. ๐Ÿ™Œ

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ง ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐š ๐’•๐’†๐’๐’๐’” ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก ๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐š ๐’•๐’†๐’๐’๐’” ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐จ๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐›๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Let me emphasize: ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฌ๐จ๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ž. But when it becomes a substitute for truth and knowledge, it sets a dangerous precedent on the very purpose of what attending a university is all about. ๐Ÿซ

In the book, Haidt and Lukianoff go into greater depth on what they see being taught on some college campuses.

The key word here I want to emphasize is โ€œ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐žโ€. The initial criticism directed at their article about overgeneralizing every college in fact turned out to be correct. ๐Ÿ˜…

So, for those who are concerned these incidents are reflective of every US college campus, you can be assured they are not! ๐Ÿ˜…

๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง ๐ง๐ฎ๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ, ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐›๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ž๐ฌ. ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ. ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

In the book, Haidt and Lukianoff talk about what’s being taught at them in what they call the Three Great Untruths.

๐Ÿ™Œ ๐†๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐”๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐…๐ซ๐š๐ ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ: ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ค๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ค๐ž๐ซ.

๐˜—๐˜ด๐˜บ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜บ ๐˜—๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ: ๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ โ€˜๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆโ€™; ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด.

๐Ÿ™Œ ๐†๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐”๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐‘๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ : ๐€๐ฅ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ.

๐˜—๐˜ด๐˜บ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜บ ๐˜—๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ: ๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ด.

๐Ÿ™Œ ๐†๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐”๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐”๐ฌ ๐•๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ฆ: ๐‹๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐›๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž.

๐˜—๐˜ด๐˜บ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜บ ๐˜—๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ: ๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฎ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด (๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ-๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ-๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ) ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ.

Now of course, the authors are NOT saying these Great Untruths are LITERALLY being taught, but that they are taught IMPLICITLY. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Another big problem they mention is whatโ€™s known as โ€œconcept creepโ€, where the definition of words have grossly expanded in meaning over time in academia. ๐Ÿ“š

๐Ÿ“ The idea of what constitutes โ€œracismโ€ has expanded from individual acts to now include an all-encompassing society (e.g. systemic racism, racial essentialism).

๐Ÿ“ The idea of what constitutes โ€œtraumaโ€ has expanded from severe reactions to events like war to now normal aspects of life (e.g. divorce, bereavement, mean text messages).

๐Ÿ“ The idea of what constitutes โ€œsafetyโ€ has expanded from physical safety to now include โ€œemotional safetyโ€ (e.g protection from criticisms you disagree with).

In other words: if you see 2 people fighting over what is or isnโ€™t โ€œviolenceโ€, thereโ€™s a great possibility they may be using 2 separate definitions of the word! ๐Ÿ˜…

The dictionary definition of โ€œviolenceโ€ is NOT the same definition being used in some academic circles, where speech has also come to be equated with “violence”. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

As one UC Berkeley alum wrote in an Op-Ed โœ๏ธ:

โ€œAsking people to maintain peaceful dialogue with those who legitimately do not think their lives matter is a ๐ฏ๐ข๐จ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐š๐œ๐ญ.โ€ ๐Ÿคฌ

๐Ÿ˜ฉ โ€œBUT DONALD! NONE OF WHAT YOU’RE SAYING TELLS ME WHY THIS IS HAPPENING!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

Great point! That’s what I’m going to talk about right now! ๐Ÿ˜Š

According to Haidt and Lukianoff, they propose the following reasons why they believe these things are happening. โฌ‡๏ธ

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐€๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ณ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง.

– Because of the political climate, liberal colleges have shifted even further to the Left, thus tribalism is quick to ostracize differing viewpoints out of fear and group loyalty.

– This in turn has created distrust and hostility among those further to the Right, who now see colleges as lacking political diversity (in some places the ratio of Liberal to Conservative professors is 17 to 1), which in turn encourages their racial provocations towards the Left (e.g. “social justice warriors”, “snowflake generation”).

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐ˆ๐ง๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐€๐ง๐ฑ๐ข๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐†๐ž๐ง ๐™ (๐›๐จ๐ซ๐ง ๐š๐Ÿ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ”).

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐๐š๐ซ๐š๐ง๐จ๐ข๐/๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐จ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ .

– The paradox is children are safer today in the US more than any other time in history, yet at the same time they are also the most overprotected.

– Overprotection causes children to mature at much older ages. The emotional maturity of an 18 year old today is more equivalent to a 16 year old of the previous generation.

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐ƒ๐ž๐œ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ.

– Parents driven by unrealistic fears of strangers and kidnappings (which are extremely rare in comparison to the 70’s and 80’s when it was a problem).

– Overuse of smartphones and social media.

– A rising competitiveness for parents to get their kids into top universities.

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐‚๐จ๐ซ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ณ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ž๐ฌ.

– Students are treated like customers, so thereโ€™s a financial incentive for colleges to continue giving into student’s demands.

– Market pressures to compete with other universities for future students.

– Bureaucratic means of resolving studentโ€™s problems may encourage students to become overly dependent on schools to solve their problems.

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐‰๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ž.

– Thereโ€™s an ongoing desire for social justice activism.

– Social justice movements can be used to remove barriers to equality of opportunity. But when social justice efforts aim to include fighting for equality of outcome, it’s aiming for an goal which cannot be reached without also violating equal opportunity.

– Correlation does not equal causation. When there is a correlation of an identity group membership with an outcome gap, it does not automatically mean it is evidence of discrimination. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isnโ€™t.

If individuals cannot raise alternative possible causes without also being shouted down, collectively we will not arrive at the most accurate understanding of a problem.

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๐Ÿค” “SO, IF THESE ARE THE PROBLEMS, WHAT ARE THE SOLUTIONS???” ๐Ÿค”

๐…๐Ž๐‘ ๐๐€๐‘๐„๐๐“๐’:

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‘๐จ๐š๐, ๐๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‘๐จ๐š๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐.

– Assume your kids are more capable this month than they were last month.

– Let your kids take more small risks.

– Encourage your child to walk or ride bicycles to and from school at the earliest ages possible.

– Send your children to an overnight summer camp in the woods for a few weeks โ€“ without devices.

– Encourage your children to engage in A LOT of โ€œproductive disagreementโ€.

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐„๐ง๐ž๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐‚๐š๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐‡๐š๐ซ๐ฆ ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ฌ ๐Œ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ฌ ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ž๐ฐ๐ง ๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐”๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐๐ž๐.

– Teach children the basics of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).

– Teach children mindfulness.

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‹๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐†๐จ๐จ๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐„๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ ๐‚๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐“๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‡๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐‡๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ .

– Give people the benefit of the doubt.

– Practice the virtue of โ€œintellectual humilityโ€. Intellectual humility is the recognition that our reasoning is so flawed, so prone to bias, that we can rarely be certain that we are right.

– Look very carefully at how your school handles identity politics.

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐‡๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐’๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ž๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐†๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐”๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐ฌ.

– Give more recess with less supervision.

– Discourage the use of the word โ€œsafeโ€ or โ€œsafetyโ€ for anything other than physical safety.

– Have a โ€œno devicesโ€ policy.

– Cultivate the intellectual virtues (e.g. curiosity, open-mindedness, intellectual humility)

– Teach debate and offer debate club.

– Assign reading and coursework that promote reasoned discussion.

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐‹๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‘๐ž๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐“๐ข๐ฆ๐ž.

– Place clear limits on device time.

– Protect your childโ€™s sleep.

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐’๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐š ๐๐ž๐ฐ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ: ๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐ซ ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ค ๐๐ž๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐‚๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ž.

– Take a โ€œgap yearโ€.

– Encourage volunteer work.

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๐…๐Ž๐‘ ๐”๐๐ˆ๐•๐„๐‘๐’๐ˆ๐“๐ˆ๐„๐’:

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐„๐ง๐ญ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ˆ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐…๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐๐จ๐ฆ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ˆ๐ง๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ฒ.

– Endorse the Chicago Statement (https://bit.ly/3e7Ohu0).

– Establish a practice of not responding to public outrage.

– Do not allow the โ€œhecklerโ€™s vetoโ€.

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐๐ข๐œ๐ค ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐Œ๐ข๐ฑ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง.

– Admit more students who are older and can show evidence of their ability to live independently.

– Admit more students who have attended schools that teach the โ€œintellectual virtuesโ€.

– Include viewpoint diversity in diversity polices.

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐Ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐„๐๐ฎ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐ซ๐จ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐š๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ.

– Explicitly reject the Untruth of Fragility: What doesnโ€™t kill you makes you weaker.

– Explicitly reject the Untruth of Emotional Reason: Always trust your feelings.

– Explicitly reject the Untruth of Us Versus Them: Life is a battle between good people and evil people.

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐ƒ๐ซ๐š๐ฐ ๐š ๐‹๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ซ ๐‚๐ข๐ซ๐œ๐ฅ๐ž ๐€๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ – โ€œ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐›๐ซ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐ซ๐š๐ฐ ๐š ๐œ๐ข๐ซ๐œ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ฑ๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž, ๐ˆ ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐๐ซ๐š๐ฐ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ซ ๐œ๐ข๐ซ๐œ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ.โ€

– Foster school spirit.

– Protect physical safety.

– Host civil, cross-partisan events for students.

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While reading all this can be overwhelming and sound like an uphill battle, Haidt and Lukianoff do conclude the book with hope. There are countertrends currently happening! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

๐Ÿ‘ Recent studies are showing the ineffectiveness of trigger warnings. They also show that trigger warnings may even worsen a personโ€™s feelings of anxiety (https://bit.ly/2YxhzMk).

๐Ÿ‘ There are increasing discussions over the negative effects technology is having on kids, especially social media. Organizations like the Center for Humane Technology are aiming to reform the tech industry so products are healthier and less addictive.

๐Ÿ‘ More states are passing laws to allow โ€œfree-range parentingโ€ so a parent cannot be arrested for allowing their child to play without supervision.

๐Ÿ‘ More writers like Timur Kuran, Amy Chua, and Jonathan Rauch are calling for a rethinking on identity politics and how both the far-Left and far-Right are feeding off them.

Even the Dalai Lama tweeted his own statement:

โ€œ๐ˆโ€™๐ฆ ๐“๐ข๐›๐ž๐ญ๐š๐ง, ๐ˆโ€™๐ฆ ๐๐ฎ๐๐๐ก๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ˆโ€™๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ƒ๐š๐ฅ๐š๐ข ๐‹๐š๐ฆ๐š, ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ˆ ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐ณ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ž ๐š๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐›๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐จ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐š๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ฐ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐š๐ฌ ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž.”

๐Ÿ‘ More universities are starting to emphasize truth as their ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด and adopting the Chicago Statement on Principles of Free Expression (https://bit.ly/3e7Ohu0)

๐Ÿ‘ Author Jonathan Haidt himself has created Heterodox Academy, which includes thousands of professors, administrators, and students who are dedicated to promoting open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement in higher education.

Since the bookโ€™s publication, Haidt has continued to speak at various universities about these issues, and “Coddling” has won numerous awards for its ideas. Lukianoff is the President at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), addressing student rights violations on college campuses (freedom of speech, due process, religious liberty, etc). ๐Ÿ†

Of course, my summary doesnโ€™t do the book justice. If any of this peaks your interest, Iโ€™d recommend picking up a copy of the book. Itโ€™s only 5 dollars on Amazon Kindle! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

๐๐”๐“ ๐–๐‡๐€๐“ ๐ƒ๐Ž ๐˜๐Ž๐” ๐€๐‹๐‹ ๐“๐‡๐ˆ๐๐Š? ๐ˆ’๐ƒ ๐‹๐Ž๐•๐„ ๐“๐Ž ๐‡๐„๐€๐‘ ๐˜๐Ž๐”๐‘ ๐“๐‡๐Ž๐”๐†๐‡๐“๐’! โค๏ธ

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๐๐‘๐ˆ๐Œ๐€๐‘๐˜ ๐’๐Ž๐”๐‘๐‚๐„๐’:

๐Ÿ“„ The Coddling of the American Mind (Article): https://bit.ly/3huxlQr

๐Ÿ“„ Readers Respond to Coddling (Article): https://bit.ly/3fpfsRl

๐Ÿ“– The Coddling of the American Mind (Book): https://amzn.to/2zvV0yT

๐Ÿ“– The Rise of Victimhood Culture (Book): https://amzn.to/37BH7M5

๐Ÿ“„ What is Concept Creep? (Article): https://bit.ly/2YQRqZ5

๐Ÿ“„ The Free Speech Crisis on Campus is Worse Than People Think (Article): https://bit.ly/37xX7ii

๐Ÿ“„ Free Speech For Me, But Not For Thee (Article): https://bit.ly/2Y46S4O

๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Disinvitation Attempts of College Speakers (Database): https://bit.ly/2UGYJAY

๐Ÿ“„ Chicago Statement on Principles of Free Expression (PDF): https://bit.ly/3e7Ohu0

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๐’๐๐„๐„๐‚๐‡ ๐’๐Ž๐”๐‘๐‚๐„๐’:

๐Ÿ“ผ Jonathan Haidt Speech About โ€œCoddlingโ€ at UCCS (Video, 2019): https://bit.ly/2AAhm2Q

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๐๐‘๐Ž๐“๐„๐’๐“ ๐•๐ˆ๐ƒ๐„๐Ž๐’:

๐Ÿ“ผ Yale University – Halloween Email Protest (Video, 2015): https://bit.ly/2zBgrPg

๐Ÿ“ผ McMaster University – Jordan Peterson Protest (Video, 2017): https://bit.ly/2UFfNHG

๐Ÿ“ผ Villanova University – Charles Murray Protest (Video, 2017): https://bit.ly/2N20epq

๐Ÿ“ผ Evergreen State College โ€“ Day of Absence Protests (Video, 2017): https://bit.ly/2XZswqE

๐Ÿ“ผ UC Berkeley โ€“ Milo Yiannopoulos Riot (Video, 2017): https://bit.ly/3hsQHWl

๐Ÿ“ผ UC Berkeley โ€“ Ben Shapiro Protest (Video, 2017): https://bit.ly/2B6M0Rk

๐Ÿ“ผ Oberlin College – Gibsonโ€™s Bakery Protest (Video, 2019): https://bit.ly/2UIYnd4

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๐—จ๐—ฃ๐——๐—”๐—ง๐—˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—–๐—˜๐—ฆ:

๐Ÿ“„ Coddling Book Update 1 โ€“ Introduction (Article, 2020): https://bit.ly/37wLKqI

๐Ÿ“„ Coddling Book Update 2 โ€“ Trigger Warnings, Social Media Use (Article, 2020): https://bit.ly/3d2BUyj

๐Ÿ“„ Association for Psychological Science – Trigger Warnings Fail to Help and May Even Harm (Article 2020): https://bit.ly/2YxhzMk

Why NOT To Argue With Reality!

Remember: People don’t know…what they don’t know. โค๏ธ
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You cannot expect a child who’s never learned math to understand algebra. ๐Ÿ”ข
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You cannot expect a teenager who’s never learned personal responsibility to just do it. ๐Ÿ‘ค
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You cannot expect an adult who’s never surrounded themselves with opposing viewpoints to have a nuanced view of the world. ๐ŸŒŽ
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You think they “should know better”. But the fact is: they don’t. So why be upset over things 100% outside your control? ๐Ÿ˜“
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My point is you don’t have to hold onto these expectations in your mind about how others “should” be acting. It’s causing you needless suffering. ๐Ÿ˜ซ
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Accept things as they are, not how you feel they “should” be. See things as they are, not how you “wish” they would be. ๐Ÿ‘€
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Allow yourself to let the “shoulds” go. ๐Ÿง˜

And instead, be kind. โค๏ธ
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Why It’s 100% OKAY!

I wish I had heard these words back when I suffered with depression.ย ๐Ÿ˜ž

Yes, for nearly a decade I suffered with depression. It’s why I’m so passionate about mental health today!ย ๐Ÿ‘Š

It’s because I’ve been there that I want to show others there’s ways out of it.

And the 1st thing I’d say to someone who is depressed is these words…

โค๏ธย IT’S OKAY…TO NOT BE OKAY.ย โค๏ธ

“But Donald, don’t enable people to keep being depressed! We want to get them OUT of depression, not stay in it! Don’t be stupid!”ย ๐Ÿคช

Ah, but I agree with you here! I don’t want people to be in negative emotional states any longer than they need to be! We’re on the same page here!ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

Where we differ is in the solution!ย โ†”๏ธ

I won’t allow them to shame their emotions. If there’s anything I’ve learned in overcoming depression, it wasn’t by trying to push and force my emotions out of my mind. In fact, I see this method causing much more harm than good.ย ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Hear me out! As a regular meditator, one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned with this practice is that our emotions, like our thoughts, are like the weather; they are temporary.ย ๐Ÿ’จ

But the more we resist them when they do appear (our thoughts, our emotions) and we demonize them, the longer they tend to remain.ย ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

If I told you right now NOT think of a pink elephant, what just came into your mind? And if I kept telling you to stop thinking about the pink elephant, what thought remains?ย ๐Ÿ˜

๐ŸŒŸย Your constant focus on what you don’t want is why it’s still here. It has the OPPOSITE effect from what you intend.ย ๐ŸŒŸ

๐Ÿ“Œย Accept WHATEVER you’re feeling. Place no positive or negative label on your present emotions.

๐Ÿ“Œย See if there’s any message your emotions are trying to give you. For depression: the message may be you’re focusing too much on negative thoughts. For anxiety: the message may be you’re doing too many things at once.

๐Ÿ“Œย Once your emotions have no further use, start taking actions in behavior to shift your feelings. It’s different from demonizing and suppressing your feelings. Your behavior will influence the change. Remember: FEELINGS FOLLOW BEHAVIOR!

Hope this helps!ย โค๏ธ

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