Today’s quote comes to us from billionaire financial mayven and three-time Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg.
This morning, Mr. Bloomberg gave a commencement address at the University of Michigan. And he had something to say about “safe spaces” and micro-aggressions” that the student body – all of it, but especially seniors about to go out into the real world – desperately needed to hear:
“The most important knowledge that you will leave here today with, like the importance of teamwork, has nothing to do with your major. It is about how to study, how to cooperate, how to listen carefully, how to think critically, and how to resolve conflicts through reason. In other words, it is working with others. Those are the most important skills in the working world, and it’s why colleges have always exposed students to challenging and uncomfortable ideas.”
“The fact that some university boards and administrations now bow to pressure groups, and shield students from these ideas through safe spaces, code words, and trigger warnings, is in my view a terrible mistake. The whole purpose of college is to learn how to deal with difficult situations, not to run away from them.”
“A microaggression is exactly that, micro. But in a macro sense, one of the most dangerous places on a college campus is the so-called safe space, because it creates a false impression that we can isolate ourselves from those who hold different views. We can’t, and we shouldn’t try. Not in politics, not in the workplace.”
Predictably, Mr. Bloomberg received plenty of cheers – and plenty of jeers – for those words.
From me, however, he receives Quote Of The Day honors, because he had the guts (some might point to a different body part) to tell an audience which, he had to know, included the pampered, sanctimonious brats who booed him, that they revolve around the world, not the other way around.