Time to Learn

Makes me think of the US and Canadian colleagues who wailed “I don’t want to die!!!” in 2020-22 as an excuse to not return to the classroom in person. In Ukraine, it’s not fashionable to do that. It’s fashionable to do the opposite. And it doesn’t change if a Ukrainian moves elsewhere. This is why I was in the classroom from the day the university was unlocked on July 1, 2020.

I just honestly can’t imagine a Ukrainian seriously saying “I feel unsafe” over something somebody said or an opinion somebody expressed. Ukraine is in vogue, so let’s put that to good use, retire the word “unsafe,” get rid of performative fragility, grow a backbone, and join the world of resilient, strong people instead of weak, scared snowflakes.

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