What the hell are they thinking?

It’s 2016, right?

5326705_origJust 100 years ago, this month, in 1916, a bunch of Canadians, many just 18 or 19 years old were fighting and, in their hundreds and thousands, being killed by a bunch of other people in odd ‘costumes.’ It was at a place called the Somme, and the smell of death was everywhere.

pl-4552Just 25 years later another bunch of Canadians, many just 18 or 19, were, again, fighting and being killed by other people in strange ‘costumes.’ It was the Battle of Britain and the very future of the free world may have hung in the balance.

51271c17-62c2-4218-a3d3-55323d04a04eJust a decade later another bunch of 18 and 19 year old Canadians were fighting and bring killed in Korea ~ again by people in strange ‘costumes.’

6191425And just a decade ago, more Canadians, some just 18 and 19, men and women, were fighting and being killed by people in different ‘costumes’ than the ones we wore.

But now, according to a report from CBS News, a major US university feels the need to tell 18 and 19 year old students “that counseling is available for students hoping to work past any offense taken from Halloween costumes … [because] … “Some Halloween costumes reinforce stereotypes of particular races, genders, cultures, or religions. Regardless of intent, these costumes can perpetuate negative stereotypes, causing harm and offense to groups of people,” the school administration wrote in a blog post.

I think we are all aware of prolonged adolescence. We remember that, back in the 14th century, King Richard II, then only 14 years old, rode out to face down Wat Tyler, effectively ending the Peasants’ Revolt … which ended worse for Tyler, who lost his head for being rude. I don’t think we expect modern teen-agers to do that any more, but do we really, now, need pte-david-robert-greensladepte-kevin-vincent-kennedyto protect young men and women from Halloween costumes when we still send young people like Private David Robert Greenslade and Private Kevin Vincent Kennedy to fight and die when they are barely out of their teens?

Maybe, just for a start, anyone who “needs counselling” for  fears of Halloween costumes or “safe spaces” where they needn’t come into contact with new, challenging ideas should be expelled from universities, and even high schools, and returned to the eighth grade where they belong … regardless of age. Maybe the newly vacated places in universities should be offered, free of charge, to Canadian combat veterans ~ even those who didn’t finish high school ~ because both they and the university are likely to benefit from the presence of real, grown young men and women.

I’m not asking 14 year olds to be men and women, but it’s pretty clear that way too many 18 and 19 years olds are still frightened, insecure children who ned to grow up before they attempt higher education.

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