Trigger Warnings

Maybe it would be safest to have blanket trigger warnings for all English, history, and psych courses. Come to think of it, how about a trigger warning in the catalogue to cover all liberal arts courses? For those too sensitive to bear the curriculum, there’s always engineering. However keep in mind that in engineering you have to get the right answers, not just show that you thought and felt deeply about the problems.

Here’s a little scenario:

Imagine the following discussion of a class syllabus between a weary professor and an eager young student. Student: ” I’ve gone over the readings, and one of the novels has so many trigger warnings that I think it might be better if you went ahead and removed it from the reading list.” Professor: “Really? And which novel is that?” Student: “Sanctuary. Why just in the first few chapters my pencil would have broken from all the triggers I had to underline, except of course I did it all virtually on my e-reader. But still…” Professor: “”Hmm. So you want to take Sanctuary off the reading list? But what could I replace it with?” Student: “Well, I’m glad you asked. How about Anne of Green Gables?” Professor: “But it’s a course on William Faulkner!!!!”



It isn’t really, but I was just reading through my blog and enjoying it when I inevitably came down to the first entry. I wrote something about the likelihood that only very few people would read it. Well, I was right and I was wrong. Nobody has read it! How close is zero to very few? I have a gut feeling that nothing is almost as distant from few as it is from many; being a different entity altogether. But I don’t have the energy to consider it right now.