Eliminating everyday annoyances may be creating the most risk-averse generation in history.
Ironically, we live in a world where it seems to be OK to teach small children about complex sexual and gender issues, yet at the same time putting trigger warnings on classic literature for university students.
A good portion of the world is busy with only limited success keeping famine, war and pestilence at bay. We are fortunate that we can strive for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Instituting trigger warnings and working to eliminate microaggression is self indulgent and, what has become apparent, counter productive.
Some old same old--'what's the younger generation coming to?' I've been a professor for over 40 year and done lots of academic advising. And I haven't noticed any significant generational differences. I don't buy the idea, that was invented during the past century when generations were named for the first time, that each generation was something comparable to an ethnic group or 'community' with its own culture.
I agree for the most part, except that minor hardships are mostly annoying.
I think it's extremely important to know that your mattress was delivered by real human beings. And yet, there's little to nothing to be gained from sitting in line at the DMV. It's not a full retort, but rather a focus on what hardship is. The last thing we need is to make society annoying so we learn to deal with annoyance. Our brains will (have) naturally adjust to find smaller things more annoying. We need to find a way for young people without much hardship to run marathons and backpack up mountains.
Does this mean you'll be back to writing regularly for Persuasion? I enjoyed your early contributions (and this one).