C.S. Lewis predicts campus microaggressions – 1944


C.S. Lewsi, 1943/Arthur Strong

You read that right. C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)

From PJ Media:

. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man explains both the confusion and the radical ideology on campuses today, and how Americans should respond to these dire threats.

The idea of “microaggressions” — small actions or word choices that seem to have no malicious intent but are thought of as a kind of violence nonetheless — twists the objective idea of being “offensive” into a subjective charge on behalf of someone claiming to be offended.

Lewis wrote The Abolition of Man to warn people about the corrosive effects of subjective morality. He starts out by attacking a children’s book which teaches that judgments of value are not objective, but only statements about the speaker’s feelings.

By contrast, Lewis argues that morality is fundamental to humanity. He traces the principles of conscience, the reasoning behind calling something “right” or “wrong,” throughout different cultures and religions, from ancient Rome to Christianity, to Hinduism, and Buddhism. While many attack this “traditional morality,” it is the building block for all moral values, and such principles as the Golden Rule — “do as you would be done by” — are nearly universal among men.

Nevertheless, teachers — and especially university professors and students — try to present new moralities, more “in fashion with the times.” To this, Lewis responds, “There has never been, and never will be, a radically new judgement of value in the history of the world.”

“Vindictive protectiveness” minimizes the value which traditional morality (and arguably conscience itself) places on the pursuit of truth. To nearly all scholars who have gone before, the pursuit of truth is worth being offended or having your feelings hurt. Students today seem to disagree. More.

Reality check: Worth a read.

In the end, the profs and adminbots at the U’s accept all this and vote for it because, unlike Lewis, they believe in it themselves.

They had just hoped to be on the handle end of the stick instead of the business end.

They’d hoped it would be you and me on the business end, and not them. Later maybe it will be us, but for now, tough nookies for you, profs and adminbots of We’ll Fix U.

At least you will know what it feels like.

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