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Why You Must Be Made To Feel Uncomfortable

In this short clip for Big Think comedy genius John Cleese, most famous for writing and starring in the BBC’s Monty Python describes the demise of journalism and tyranny of “being offended” culture in suggesting that people should be shielded from questions or ideas contrary to their own.

Cleese speaks of the danger of a new generation growing up believing they should never feel offended or have their values questioned. However, he believes it is only by constantly challenging authority & mainstream thought that society achieves equitable nuance and grows constructively toward justice, otherwise unchallenged opinion becomes regressive, tedious dogma.

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3 comments on “Why You Must Be Made To Feel Uncomfortable

  1. Excellent. I am a college professor, and I’ve had it up to here with talk of campus safe zones. This is an intellectually lazy solution which absolves its adherents of the responsibility to think.

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  2. And thus, this is why Trump is appealing to the fringe elements. Safe zones. Stress chits. Ugh. I think I am going to go put on my Eagles “Hell Freezes Over” CD and blare “Get Over It”.

    Here’s to making sure that MY part of the next generation aren’t going to be wusses. Wish me luck.

    Love this. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Many people get extremely angry and defensive when challenged or faced with uncomfortable truths. Or are incapable of disagreeing without descending into petty, childish insults. Quite sad really.

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