The Cringing Generation
The end of a recent Mark Steyn column on the nanny state’s murder of the “reasonable man” standard rings too true not to pass along:
Sikhs like to carry their traditional kirpans — knives up to eight inches — and the New York City Board of Education and the Supreme Court of Canada, among many others, have ruled that boys are permitted to take them to school. Why? Because in the ideological hierarchy, multiculturalism trumps “safety”. A cake knife is a “deadly weapon” but a deadly weapon is merely the Sikh symbol for “the power of truth to cut through untruth”. If that isn’t reason to ban it from public schools, I don’t know what is. Nevertheless, if you’re taking a cake to school, ask a Sikh classmate to cut it up for you. And be grateful that the FDA hasn’t yet classified the cake as a deadly weapon.
Can such a society survive? I doubt it. After all, if you raise your young in such a world, what sort of adults do they grow into? A couple of years back, a neighbor’s kid was given a plastic sword and shield as a birthday present. Mom refuses to let her boy play with “militaristic” toys, so she confiscated the sword but, in a moment of weakness, let him keep the shield. And for a while, on my drive down to town, I’d pass the li’l tyke in the yard playing with his beloved shield, mastering the art of cringing and cowering against unseen blows from all directions. In a hyper-regulated world, it’s a useful skill to acquire. But I’m not sure it will be enough.