Students and free speech

As we all know universities are known places for great discussions and debates. It’s a place where people are challenged in constructive discussions all the time. It’s a place where people go to grow and thrive, see the world from a different angle and to be more intelligent, more open to change, more prepared for life ahead and last but not least, increase their changes to have some effect in making the world a better place.

Engaging in a discussion where more viewpoints than yours come into play is a perfect way to fill in these boxes mentioned above.

Or that’s how it used to be.

Most of us are familiar with people like Ben Shapiro, Milo Yiannopoulos and Pamela Geller for example. Students are known for protesting when they arrive to universities to speak. Some events have been cancelled because of criticism from students. Yes, I know, it’s okay to protest. It’s a part of our freedom. But protesting with the goal to stop people from expressing themselves is very strange. So universities have become a place for politically correct minds and such losers that will be offended by every speech from another viewpoint than their own.

Why don’t they engage these “monsters” in debate? Or better, why don’t they book a stage and speak their mind? Maybe they are afraid. Afraid of being torn apart in a discussion where all participants are only armed with free speech.