‘INFANTILIZATION OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT’
“Snowflakes” have become a veritable blizzard as many of the nation’s universities and colleges give way to demands of students who seek safe places, careful conversations and utter political correctness when they are on campus. And here comes the book.
“Not a Day Care: The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth” by Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, arrives Monday, published by Regnery Faith Books.
Mr. Piper has listened to students who felt “victimized” by passages in the Bible; he himself has cautioned them to seek faith, not self-actualization — and to skip delivering arrogant lectures in favor of humble learning.
“What has happened to the American spirit? We’ve gone from ‘give me liberty or give me death!’ to ‘Take care of me, please.’ Our colleges were once bastions of free speech; now they’re bastions of speech codes. Our culture once rewarded independence; now it rewards victimhood. Parents once taught their kids how to fend for themselves; now, any parent who tries may get a visit from the police,” the author writes.
Such schools as Yale University and Oberlin College now include “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings” as part of the campus vocabulary. Mr. Piper calls the trend a “sad and dangerous infantilization of the American spirit.”
There’s a way out, though.
“It will get worse before it gets better,” Mr. Piper tells Inside the Beltway. “When we avoid truth it creates a vacuum, causing anarchy, which always leads to tyranny. But in the end, I trust the words of Christ: ‘the truth shall set us free.’ If we reintroduce truth, truth will prevail.”