With all due respect, this is awful.
I’ll be starting university in a couple of months’ time, and I probably am one of those “narcissistic little jerks” James has pointed us out to be. I’m very sensitive about what I say, and try my very best to not offend anybody in any way.
What we need to realise is that as time passes, the human race as a whole evolves. Our grandparents’ generation sees us as wimpy, our parents’ generation sees us as lazy, and even some of our own think that we’re too sensitive for “the real world”.
My mum has told me — in light of my travelling abroad for my studies — “Sumi, it’s a cold, cruel world out there. How are you going to survive?” And I totally get where she’s coming from. But what many of the people who say such things don’t mention is that we make society. That is, it is the sum of individual values and behaviours that characterises the world around us.
I’d like to think that we’re moving past unjustified social biases based on race, gender, sexual orientation, wealth, etc. As we do, our entire societies adjust accordingly. Yes, we may be more careful with what we say, and pick on little offensive slips of the tongue by those around us. But this is an indication that the human race is changing. Adjustment to positive social change is good. We shouldn’t be sticking to our old, harsher ways of speaking and interacting if people are becoming more accepting and welcoming of our differences.
Perhaps to older people, we wouldn’t be able to survive in their world. But this won’t be their world when we’re running it.