Blizzard of Snowflakes

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Infantile skittishness on campus is not confined to just politically correct and so-called “diversity” issues, as bad as that is.

As a recent Wall Street Journal article pointed out, college students are now literally flooding “mental-health” centers on campus year round for “anything and everything.”

Here’s some of what the Journal found. At Ohio State University, a clinical psychologist holds a well-attended “Beating Anxiety” workshop twice a week.

To “defuse” anxiety, the students are advised to “exercise,” get more sleep, and refrain from “catastrophic thoughts” brought about things like an upcoming physics “exam” or if my friend doesn’t “text” me back right away, he/she does not “like” me anymore?

It gets worse.

On the same day as the “Beat Anxiety”‘ workshop at Ohio State, the counseling center also put on its third annual “Recess” event.

On a grassy lawn, there are tents where students can make “balloon animals, blow bubbles and play with therapy dogs” and a large colorful parachute.

This event is “designed” to help students relieve “stress” and introduce them to the “counseling” center services and staff in a fun way.

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If you’re like me, you’re probably “puzzled” by this childish display and “horrified” to think that these people are “allowed” to vote.

But the last line in the above quote might be the true reason for this “Recess” — that is, it’s to drum up business for the “counseling” infrastructure that is growing like “topsy” at colleges and universities across the nation.

And “growing” it is. The Journal reports that Ohio State has seen a “43% jump” in the past five years in the number of students being “treated” at the university’s counseling center. To handle this “surge in demand,” 12 additional staff members were “hired,” bringing the total providing “clinical” services to 65.

And please don’t think Ohio State is an outlier. The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) experienced a “36% increase” in demand for counseling service in the last seven years. At the University of Central Florida (Orlando), the increase has been a whopping “12% increase”each year for the past ten years.

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A 2016 survey by the American College Health Association found that “17%” of college students were diagnosed with or treated for “anxiety” problems during the past year, and nearly 14% were diagnosed with or treated for “depression. “

And speaking of “demand” for counseling services, don’t think that this “trend” will not manifest itself more strongly than ever in mandated “health insurance” policies. Move over “cancer and heart” disease; make room for “anxiety and depression” counseling — the “Snowflakes” are here.

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What accounts for this “trend” on campus?

The counseling “experts” say that more students are coming to college with long “psychiatric” histories. (Oh brother!) And then there’ are reasons like the economy, the cost of college, student debt, social media, and “a so-called helicopter parenting style that doesn’t let adolescence experience failure” that is creating anxiety in the students.

Whatever the reason, the “Snowflakes” are descending on our colleges and universities like a “blizzard” in Buffalo. Laugh at the Snowflakes if you want, but this is not “funny.” Culture leads politics, and these “ever-so-sensitive” souls will soon be “influencing” the path our society follows as their generation “replaces” the previous generations.

One can argue that a process akin to “natural” selection will see to it that only the more “robust” among the current “college” generation will “rise” to leadership positions. I say yes and no.

First off, we live in a “democratic” republic. This means “votes” count. Do you think America would have “disgraced” itself with the election of the likes of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and maybe now Hillary Clinton if much of the “voter” bases hadn’t already been “dumped” down and “corrupted” starting in 1960s?

To one degree or another, the Snowflakes will help “decide” who gets elected, and their “bias will always be towards “softness, accommodation, wishful thinking, and avoiding conflict and difficult choices at all cost.”

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Secondly, it may be true that Snowflakes are not likely to “rise” to the pinnacle of leadership. But we have to “realize” that there are many thousands of “leadership” positions scattered throughout society, not just the “high-visibility” ones seen in the media.

All organizations and institutions have leadership “positions” within them at various levels. And there, many a “college-educated” Snowflakes will be embedded with his/her “ingrained” outlook on life.

That cannot help but “affect” things.

The question I cannot answer is this: “Are the Snowflakes a harbinger of what lies in store for America, or will they be melted by the reality of life and thus mature and grow up so as to function as responsible citizens in a representative republic? “

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