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The Death Penalty Should Be Abolished

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Evelyn Hinke
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Saturday September 20, 2015

Bursting the Protective Bubble

Abortion is a sin. The death penalty should be abolished. Donald Trump will make America great again. Fairlife is better than Trumoo. I don’t necessarily agree with all of these statements, but they are all widely discussed topics today. Did any of the comments make you feel uneasy?
In recent years, it has been more difficult for our generation to address difficult topics. We have a strong fear that if we say something opposing the status quo, we might be ridiculed or offend someone with the opposing view. How did we get here?
The answer most likely involves generational shifts. Childhood itself has changed greatly during the past generation. Imagine your parents’ childhoods. Many of them rode their bikes through the streets without any supervision by the time they were 8 years old. After school, they were expected to occupy themselves, getting minor bumps and bruises here and there, but learning from the experiences. Now, imagine your childhood. If it’s anything like mine, your parents hovered in the background, coming to the rescue whenever you fell down. They were simply trying to keep you safe, however this protective demeanor carried on through schooling and beyond. Now, rather than protecting you from physical harm, parents and society protect you from words, ideas and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense. We have become all too reliant on this protection, and when we
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