Civility and It's Discontents Essay
Freedom of speech is a lot more binding than people think because it keeps people from thoroughly discussing and debating issues since there is no need considering that everyone has their opinion so what other people say doesn't matter. Like Epstein says "I would have no trouble allowing anyone on campus who wished to argue that homosexuality was contrary to nature , that blacks were intellectually inferior to whites such visitations are far different than hurled epithets"(461).
Epstein also explores the fact that if we try to censor things like controversial topics, it would be a sort of "thought control" (464). However, "the trouble is, not censoring [these things] is a kind of thought control as well" (464). So, in a way, we can't really win. Another thing Epstein discusses is the well known idea of political correctness, especially political correctness in universities. Epstein says that "universities exist not to inculcate manners or teach propriety but to foster inquiry to search for the truth" (461). In that case, could being PC be considered childish? It is not university's purpose to make sure everyone is happy or everyone's viewpoints are considered at all times. Truly, that's not