I read a news article today about an incoming group of Duke University students who are boycotting a book because they find it offensive. One student was even quoted as saying she had a “right” to not be offended. Many others said they are boycotting it not because they disagree with the subject matter but how it’s portrayed. They fear their personal moral beliefs will be questioned by reading it.
I wonder what sort of future we can possibly have with minds like these coming to fruition? How can art, literature, music…society and culture at their core survive without conflict? How can you cling to beliefs that are so flimsy that a single text could jeopardize them? Are such beliefs worth holding?