The Real Reason We Need to Stop Trying to Protect Everyone’s Feelings
Ryan Holiday
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An excellent, cogent and well-written piece that will, sadly, be ignored (or remain unseen) by the very people (especially the SJWs) who really need to read and understand it.

Robert Heinlein paraphrased the Epictetus quote when he said ‘an insult is only an insult when it is taken as such’ — but far too many people CHOOSE to take things as insults even when they are not MEANT to be so, but when they are simply part of common dialogue. And here by ‘insult’ I refer to a whole host of things including, sadly: sexual harassment; assault; religious or political incitement or bigotry; even terrorism.

People often refer to books such as (especially) Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four as if they are warnings but that ‘they could never happen here’. They forget that Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm after visiting the Soviet Union and seeing what was going on there — and that the books were a direct criticism of both the mentalities of the US and Soviet states of the time. (And how different is the mentality of the US state now from that in the 50s/60s, really? Considering what the events of the past two years have shown…)

As alluded to in the article here, Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World are warnings of futures that we are galloping towards headlong, not somewhere in the distant future. What is worse, we now have the technology to make them happen!

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