Ironically, children are sometimes better-equipped to exemplify the advocacy and assertiveness that the rest of us might do well to more frequently adopt.
It's all well and good to have a healthy respect for life experience. But which people we choose to listen to most reveals features of the ideological and cultural structures to which we pledge allegiance in our actions, more so than in our words.
May there not be, as Michaela Daniel ’21 says, “one more moment of peace” until these grievances are meaningfully redressed in a manner that treats students as the centrality of campus life, and expands justice outward from our university, constituting the “service of humanity.”
Cheating and dissent should be greeted with mandatory transport to Yale University; only favorites will be embraced by the comparatively warm, protectively soothing arms of a swift death.
An encroaching regime of intellectual narrowness leaves students unprepared for the “real world,” where they and their statements will be interrogated and scrutinized without mercy; colleges should apply this mercilessness as a form of preparation.
Let’s strive not to dismiss others based on identity, but rather to engage with their arguments.
People are judged not only on the basis of their ideological assertions; more than that, the overriding determinant for our respectability is whether or not we’ve chosen to vote at all.
We should be willing to expand our horizons, and try to embody virtues beyond hard work. But of course, as long as the University continues to value needless rigor, students will too.