I once watched a Soccer Match where a fan held up a sign that read, Outraged by Everything. Ashamed of Nothing. That, to me, has summed up a week in review at Colleges and Universities across America. Just last week, a revolt formed at the University of Missouri resulting in the president and chancellor resigning their posts. What was their crime? For one, Michael Brown. Some students believed the shooting death in August that happened just two hours away in Ferguson should have garnered more attention than it received from the University. Also, for not giving sufficient attention to racial allegations that has yet to produce much proof. As for the students anger at losing their healthcare, they should have turned their angst on another President and the Democrat Party.
Sadly, the revolution continues to produce innocent victims of this manufactured outrage. A popular professor at the University handed in his resignation after coming under attack for refusing to cancel an exam during the mad rebellion.
But, Mizzou is not the only place exposing an underbelly of juvenile defiance on campus. Students at Yale University protested after a professor emailed out a request to be more tolerant of offenses and to respect free speech stating, “If you don’t like a costume someone is wearing, look away, or tell them you are offended. Talk to each other.” The backlash targeted the professor’s husband who found himself at one point surrounded by outraged students. Scary.
It has been suggested students are fabricating the numbers of race and sexual discrimination in order to invent a Movement that really does not exist. I am not saying prejudice and harassment does not exist, but not on a scale they are proclaiming. Even Mizzou’s student body president Payton Head had to apologize for making the story up regarding the KKK on campus targeting Blacks. But, it gets worse. Friday evening the world turned to Paris when 6 Islamic terrorist killed over 120 people using automatic weapons, grenades, and suicide bombers. The Black Lives Matter Movement and Mizzou students became Outraged that Paris was stealing their spotlight. Shamefully, some even suggested the attacks were fabricated by white people in order to steer attention away from their own plight and terrorist attacks. Yeah. These people believed their hurt feelings should have garnered equal attention if not more attention than what was happening to the people in Paris, France. These students were the same people who roughed up a journalist for trying to get pictures and a story and invading their safe space.
There is a truth generally acknowledged that when one suffers from a severe lack of self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-confidence symptoms may include being offended by everything and everyone. We may become bullies in order to appear self-confident. We may look out at our environment and see that everyone is out to get us and have difficulty solving problems. People may take advantage of our lack of self-awareness and self-confidence and turn us into their pawns in order to advance more hate, bitterness, and envy.
It is a shame our educators do not teach students how to believe in themselves, how to handle other peoples ignorance and hate. Instead, they are turning the Victims into Savage Bullies. They are creating Microaggressives. Students are only becoming good at one thing, and that is Protesting. Being Outraged. Is that going make this world a better place and improve humanity?
In ‘Three Examples of Ignorance‘, James Allen writes, “Men are anxious to improve their circumstances; but are unwilling to improve themselves.” The Buddha got it. The Christ Got It. Until you learn to improve yourself, you will never improve the world. What the educators are teaching our college students is backwards, not Progressive or Forward Thinking. They are teaching them that the only way to improve society is to force society to change by acting abominably towards anyone that threatens their safe space. These words written on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop in the crypts of Westminster Abbey in London, England reminds me of how backwards our Education, or rather lack of Education, on College Campuses have become:
“When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country. But, it too, seemed immovable. As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it. And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed my self first, then by example I would have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and, who knows, I may have even changed the world.”
The Social Justice Warrior has been convinced by ideologues that if they force society to change, it will. And, those who do not give in to their demands are Selfish and Racist. Yeah, that is going to move society forward. They project their ignorance and prejudiced onto others in an effort to separate themselves from their on bigotry and believe society is going to be free of it. If one is racist, they will see racism in everyone. They will everyone of being a racists because we can really on relate to others how we feel about ourselves.
Do we teach our children how to handle other people’s ignorance or do we teach them to become outraged and shameful? Do we allow people the freedom to express their ignorance, or do we limit free speech for everyone in order to prevent hurting people’s feelings? Which do you believe benefits our society the most? When we teach our children that the only way to handle insults is to become outraged and stage a protest we teach them nothing of value or substantial.
Whenever I am confronted with other people’s self-loathing and ignorance, I try to remember this story from the Buddhist scriptures.
“I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Rajagaha in the Bamboo Grove, the Squirrels’ Sanctuary. Then the brahman Akkosaka Bharadvaja heard that a brahman of the Bharadvaja clan had gone forth from the home life into homelessness in the presence of the Blessed One. Angered & displeased, he went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, insulted & cursed him with rude, harsh words. “You have no right teaching others,” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake!”
When this was said, the Blessed One said to him: “What do you think, brahman: Do friends & colleagues, relatives & kinsmen come to you as guests?”
“Yes, Master Gotama, sometimes friends & colleagues, relatives & kinsmen come to me as guests.”
“And what do you think: Do you serve them with staple & non-staple foods & delicacies?”
“Yes, sometimes I serve them with staple & non-staple foods & delicacies.”
“And if they don’t accept them, to whom do those foods belong?”
“If they don’t accept them, Master Gotama, those foods are all mine.”
“In the same way, brahman, that with which you have insulted me, who is not insulting; that with which you have taunted me, who is not taunting; that with which you have berated me, who is not berating: that I don’t accept from you. It’s all yours, brahman. It’s all yours.
“Whoever returns insult to one who is insulting, returns taunts to one who is taunting, returns a berating to one who is berating, is said to be eating together, sharing company, with that person. But I am neither eating together nor sharing your company, brahman. It’s all yours. It’s all yours.”
Shall we look at other’s offenses as theirs and not ours? It is not as simple as that, but with a little practice, a little mindfulness, a little compassion, self-love, self-confidence, self-awareness, and self-esteem we may be able to overcome ourselves long enough to see the truth rather than the illusion. to love others as we love ourselves. To see the good in people and not their skin color, whether it is black, brown, olive, pink, or white. To see love rather than prejudice and hate. Maybe we can become Calmed by Everything. Offended by Nothing.