“It was needless hugging”
Interesting article about teenagers and hugging — with predictable anti-freedom adult reactions:
“Touching and physical contact is very dangerous territory,” said Noreen Hajinlian, the principal of George G. White School, a junior high school in Hillsdale, N.J., who banned hugging two years ago. “It was needless hugging — they are in the hallways before they go to class. It wasn’t a greeting. It was happening all day.”
What a fucking tool. Oh my god people like her make me angry. Brings up old feelings of resistance from high school — but I can’t flout these rules, since I’m not at their schools. And no-one, absolutely no-one in the school system — not parents, PTA, teachers, administrators, school board — wants to hear what I think about it. They’d tell me to butt out of something which isn’t my business. But isn’t an injustice anywhere a threat to justice everywhere? Just like there is a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy regarding police officers and non-authoritarians — i.e. non-authoritarians are not drawn to or made to feel welcome to become police officers — just so there is a similar problem with school administrators. Too much, school systems attract small minds apparently incapable of respecting basic human decency and freedom.
I have been searching for a word which succinctly describes similar attitudes. Not “evil,” right? Not “well-meaning but misguided” because we’re talking about their unimaginative, uncommitted small-mindedness actively causing problems. Self-serving, yes, but it’s not necessarily conscious. Like, the Republicans are evil, and a few of the Democrats, but mostly the Democrats are just ______ (small-minded? uncourageous?). I feel sometimes like I’m awash in a sea of mediocrity, which is more infuriating than the tide of evil we also fight: enemies are enemies and have a locus to target or avoid, but the diffuse nature of mediocre power de-fuses our prime energies. They soak it up, frustrate it, demoralize … I don’t even want to be the principal of a school — what, merely to avoid being an asshat? (As opposed to: I’d definitely love to be senator.)