Whether it’s the left crying over Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump in last year’s election, or the right melting down over athletes kneeling during songs, the snowflakes are getting their feelings hurt in record numbers. And they want everyone to know that telling them so, is damaging to their overall mental health.
The snowflakes have apparently had enough.
Figures show that the majority of young people think the term “snowflake” is unfair. But even more alarming is that even more think it could have a negative effect on its own. The “snowflake generation” is a disparaging term now commonly used to refer to young people, who are perceived to be over-sensitive and intolerant of disagreement (and yes, this goes for those on the right who got so offended by kneeling athletes that they burned their own stuff). Research by insurance firm Aviva found that 72 percent of 16-24 year-olds think the term is unfairly applied, while 74 percent think it could have a negative effect on young people’s mental health. Really, those who are called snowflakes are just authoritarians of slightly different flavors.
For left-wing snowflakes, right-wing trolls is where they draw the line, while for right-wing snowflakes it’s the act of refusing to stand for a song or salute a flag. It’s one thing to have a strong opinion on your own personal behavior, but it’s quite another to demand your fellow citizens behave in the same way you see fit. The mindset of someone obsessed with telling you how to live or behave in your everyday life is the mindset of an authoritarian. –Liberty Blitzkreig
The term snowflake was meant to hurt feelings, and if it did, you probably are just a mentally fragile authoritarian. Aviva’s medical expert, Dr. Doug Wright, said the term could cause problems. “Our findings suggest that young adults are more likely to be experiencing mental health problems, so using a phrase which criticizes this age group could add to this issue. Any term used disparagingly to a segment of the population is inherently negative.”
While there could be truth to that, there’s no universal right to not have your feelings hurt. The right found this out when they watched NFL athletes violate their sensitivity. The left finds this out pretty much every day when they realize they don’t have the right to shut others up. Those who melt down and get easily offended are easy to pick on, hence the term “snowflake.” We’ve definitely got snowflakes on both sides of the political aisle.
But here’s a fun little tidbit about the possible origination of the term. It is thought that the term “snowflake” originates with American author Chuck Palahniuk’s 1996 book Fight Club, which contains the line “You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake”.
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