The millennials are so delicate that they are offended by everything, right? Not so fast.

According to many, free speech is under assault in the Western world. It is the radical leftist students who seem to be especially keen on silencing the views which they find repulsive, claiming that attacks on their deeply help personal beliefs are offensive, bigoted and hateful, and then resorting to ad hominem tactics. But while I agree that there is a problem here that cannot be swept under the rug, I was actually surprised to learn that this attitude might not be that new after all. In On the Freedom of a Christian (1520), Martin Luther wrote – addressing the pope:

„In the opinion of those delicate-eared persons, nothing could be more bitter or intemperate than Paul’s language. What can be more bitter than the words of the prophets? The ears of our generation have been made so delicate by the senseless multitude of flatterers, that, so soon as we perceive that anything of ours is not approved of, we cry out that we are being bitterly assailed; and when we can repel the truth by no other pretence, we escape by attributing bitterness, impatience, intemperance, to our adversaries. What would be the use of salt, if it were not pungent? or of the edge of the sword, if it did not slay?”

I guess we should be wary of what might be just another instance of „things were so different in the old days” fallacy:



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