Every year, I try to do at least two things with my students at least once. First, I make a point of addressing them as “philosophers” – a bit cheesy, but hopefully it encourages active learning.
Secondly, I say something like this: “I’m sure you’ve heard the expression ‘everyone is entitled to their opinion.’ Perhaps you’ve even said it yourself, maybe to head off an argument or bring one to a close. Well, as soon as you walk into this room, it’s no longer true. You are not entitled to your opinion. You are only entitled to what you can argue for.”
A bit harsh? Perhaps, but philosophy teachers owe it to our students to teach them how to construct and defend an argument – and to recognize when a belief has become indefensible.
The problem with “I’m entitled to my opinion” is that, all too often, it’s used to shelter beliefs that should have been abandoned. It becomes shorthand for “I can say or think whatever I like” – and by extension, continuing to argue is somehow disrespectful. And this attitude feeds, I suggest, into the false equivalence between experts and non-experts that is an increasingly pernicious feature of our public discourse.
They are in pain and bleeding.
Even when I’m half asleep laying in bed, I still bite. Even the tumblr community is in high stress. Maybe this box of gum and book will help.
No but really don’t get on my shit list and I will literally never be mean to you
And trust me you don’t want to see me mean. I’m a cold, heartless bitch. I will shit on every aspect of your life and then remind you that I am still the most important part of it even though you’re nothing to me.
Little people are fucked up yo. Don’t fuck with bitches who are 5’ tall.