I do not know what the greater truth is, and this has led me to many sleepless nights, because the greater truth will help us live any life better.
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Like me, you've chosen your life's vocation largely because you care for students and their betterment; but if we're being really candid, isn't it true that you now feel somewhat wary of them on account of their power to inflict serious damage -- even sudden catastrophic injury -- to your career, with all the grim consequences that this would entail?
That you feel little confidence that the administrators at your institution will defend you zealously if you are unfairly criticized, and you think it inevitable that they will care less about guaranteeing fairness to you than about avoiding negative publicity, managing their personal images before the vocal constituencies whose ideological self-identifications and simplistic moral certitudes enable them to issue instant and unerring judgments, and otherwise successfully covering their backsides?
And that, after all the massive undeserved stress that would ensue, the outcome would very likely be that your academic prerogatives and position would be seriously compromised or even terminated?
Maybe you have never have been troubled by such a seemingly far-fetched scenario, but do you find yourself squirming when you see the fervor with which some students, and the activists with whom they identify, call out and demand "justice" (i.e., harsh punishments) for what they regard as racist, sexist, cissexist and other "microaggressions"?The great (and sometimes controversial) philosopher Jacques Derrida once said that he was plagued by fear after writing a controversial piece challenging other thinkers or establishing what was known to him as “the truth.” As a writer, a similar fear seems to come over me as I begin to plan an essay or I begin to write. They all follow in a similar path; they connect to my inner thoughts and feelings. the usual psychological concoction to cure me of the plague that had been hindering me my last few years of my life (which, when you think about it, has been a big part of my life).I have struggled with depression for most of my teenage life. In daily life, I try to repress my feelings and block them out so I can have a normal day and function for those who need me.This already exists in our world, so I believe we can eventually cope with the loss “like we always do.”This, of course, relates to the topic of perfection. Though I have mentioned it a lot in previous essays, it has been the driving force that has led me to live life the way I do.I revolve around the idea that love can so easily be passed around.Once the world can truly understand the relationship between suffering and love, I believe the world can find it within themselves to promote drastic change between its inhabitants… This is a farfetched idea, but at least it is an idea. There should be no need for a “doomsday clock” in our world. I believe the concept of perfection was invented so we can give the things and people we truly adore another label or category. “Perfect…”The concept of perfection is something we associate with love.But even in utopia there will always be the possibility of revolution, inequality and separation. I believe perfection varies depending on the type of perfection. We want love to be perfect, we believe that love is the most-perfect feeling (when executed correctly, of course).It may sound selfish for me to say that people need me, but I use this phrase in the context that if someone should need my help, I will be there for them.When I write, the thought of certain feelings, thoughts and situations bring back many of those previously mentioned repressed feelings. I would not write some of the things I do if I did not truly feel that way.Have you felt pressure, when hoping to engage with students on a topic that is important to their lives or to society, simply to “not go there” in order to avoid risking an intellectual interaction that is later described as an assault, insult or “invalidation” of a student's perspective?Are you in any danger of becoming, in the words of Mill's , one of those "timid characters, who dare not follow out any bold, vigorous, independent train of thought, lest it should land them in something which would admit of being considered irreligious or immoral"?