Key Insights From:
The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
- More than just resilient, children are “antifragile.”
- The belief that what doesn’t kill us makes us weaker has fostered the rise in a paranoid safetyism.
- Warnings about unreliable emotions are as old as humanity itself, so perhaps it’s not a good idea to make them the basis for dialogue in universities.
- The untruth that the world is comprised of good people and evil people is a natural, but polarizing tendency.
- The Great Untruths of Fragility, Emotional Reasoning, and Us Versus Them have flourished in the soil of helicopter parenting, social media, and the decline of child’s play.
- Raising kids with wisdom means responsibly encouraging independence in action and thought.
- Universities can encourage wisdom by putting pursuit of truth before social justice, and by upholding free speech and inquiry as quintessential to the life of the university.