From Dr. Everett Piper, President, Oklahoma Wesleyan University:
This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt “victimized” by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13. It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love! In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable.
I’m not making this up. Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic! Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims! Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them “feel bad” about themselves, is a “hater,” a “bigot,” an “oppressor,” and a “victimizer.”
Dr. Piper, we know you are not making it up.
It is what some of us call the precious little asshat syndrome, everywhere catered to by U’s that need the tax $$ and loan $$ to swell their administrations -0 while teaching humanities that probably shouldn’t exist, as they have no canon and no discipline.
Perhaps it needn’t be that way, but that’s what has happened.
If you’re more interested in playing the “hater” card than you are in confessing your own hate; if you want to arrogantly lecture, rather than humbly learn; if you don’t want to feel guilt in your soul when you are guilty of sin; if you want to be enabled rather than confronted, there are many universities across the land (in Missouri and elsewhere) that will give you exactly what you want, but Oklahoma Wesleyan isn’t one of them.
Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them. This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up! More.
Readers, next time you hear from any U alumni office, forward this. No one should give a cent to any U that can’t match this.
Baby asshats don’t grow out of it by chance; they need a mugging from reality. Otherwise, they morph pretty quickly into junior jackboots.
(History note: Fascist movements, left or right, are typically full of aggrieved individuals looking for victims to land on. Don’t be one, and don’t make it worse by helping anyone else be one.)
See also: It begins in high school. What kind of jobs will the junior jackboots get when they graduate from We’ll Fix U?
Hat tip: Stephanie West Allen at Brains on Purpose