Moreover, intellectual discomfort is a necessary tool in emotional and scholastic development — and restrictive speech codes actively retard the process.

I myself am very sensitive to others being offended. It usually makes me feel bad for them and angry at those offending them. However I wholeheartedly agree with this assessment. Discomfort, conflict, and disagreement are all necessary parts of well-rounded intellectual development.

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