Some thoughts taken from Fareed Zakaria presented in a recent commencement speech.
He said that American Universities seem committed to every kind of diversity except "intellectual diversity" and that conservative voices and views are being silenced entirely".
He found this attitude strange, especially given that these incidents occurred on college campuses that "promised to give their undergraduates a liberal education."
The "liberal education" that traditionally has been expected from the universities has to do with freedom of speech and allowing people to listen to both sides. It is called liberal but that doesn't mean, he says, thinking that is to the "left" politically. It is called liberal because it is willing to hear both sides.
"It is an attitude of self-righteousness that says we are so pure, and so morally superior that we cannot bear to hear an idea with which we disagree,"
This attitude is likely the position on both sides of the political spectrum not just the traditional "left" or "right".
Often in the section on this blog titled "What Matters" I try to identify some "core values". These are things that really should matter or at least matter a lot to me. I liked Fareed's comments because I feel that being liberal and willing to listen to both sides is an important core value. Maybe I should have posted it in the What Matters section.
Freedom of Speech Matters