You Can Argue with a Progressive: Reason, Natural Law, and the University• Mar 30, 2015
I sometimes find myself resonating with Leontius’s failed attempt, as reported in Plato’s Republic, to avoid looking at a mound of corpses. At first, knowing the indecency of the spectacle, he covers his face until, overpowered, he "opened his eyes wide, ran toward the corpses and said: 'Look, you damned wretches, take your fill of the fair sight.’”
Now, I find no allure in expired bodies but admit the thrill of moribundideas, particularly worldviews suffering fate at their own hands (or under the crushing weight of their own illogic, as it may be). And of all such temptations, I’m especially mesmerized by the contradiction of universities fearing free speech and inquiry, including the recent accountof a campus that offers space “equipped with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies” for students “feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints” challenging their “dearly and closely held beliefs.” As spectacle, Leontius’s corpses has nothing on videos of frolicking puppies for discomforted college students.