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Have Some People Lost Their Minds?

What was Jeffrey Toobin thinking? Was he thinking? What a disappointment. What an idiot.

Samuel Paty, RIP. What was he thinking? Was he thinking? How could he have believed there would be no consequences for showing mocking cartoons of the Prophet when the writers at Charlie Hebdo were killed? I have tried to justify his actions because I have been an educator. I keep coming back to the notion that he should have been more sensitive to the climate, to the context, to his students. Discuss, yes, but showing those cartoons was antagonistic. What pedagogy supports antagonizing students to teach them about free speech?

There is something wrong with human beings. Desperately wrong. We have stopped thinking. We have stopped putting ourselves in the shoes of others. We are insensitive, intolerant, full of hubris. We are thoughtless. We are caustic.

I can’t justify Paty’s beheading. That was wrong. But he should have known the response to his lesson could be extreme. Why did he not see this? Why couldn’t he anticipate the response?

Graduate school taught me about anticipation. You have to think of the questions you might be asked about your area of expertise. You have to anticipate consequences. You have to, else you will be caught unaware and run the risk of looking like an idiot, like Jeffrey Toobin.

What the hell is wrong with some people? Why have we given up thinking, being rational, being sensible?

What is it going to take for us to get back to being thoughtful human beings? What is it going to take to rid us of this awful arrogance? Is this what decline looks like? Mental, moral decline?

What the hell is wrong with us?