Those of you who’ve been to college campuses on a regular basis have at one point or another come across a Safe Zone. These places can vary from offices, classrooms, conference rooms and even dormitories. They are designed to give individuals freedom of being judged and ridiculed based on their sex, race, orientation, etc., as well as give them an opportunity to express themselves.
Everyone should have a place where they can feel comfortable. Yet, we should also avoid getting too preoccupied with remaining in our comfort zones for too long. while the concept of the safe space is designed to shield people from hateful and judgemental people, it can also lead to a person becoming inept to accepting anyone’s differences of opinions or criticism from well-meaning individuals. In some cases, you become just as ignorant as the people you were retreating from in the first place.
You’re going to find this hard to believe, but we all have things that we are bias about. They can be as mundane as eating pizza with pineapple or major like people marrying outside their race. there is nothing wrong with harboring prejudice against certain ideas. The problem is when we let our prejudices consume us to the point where it manifests into fear and hate then you begin discriminating. This is what leads to incidents driven by racism, homophobia, sexism, and so on. Some people get so set in their way of thinking to where they can’t see the forest for the trees.
This is why it helps to leave your safe haven and venture out into unfamiliar territories. of course, it will be scary and you may not feel safe sometimes. eventually, it won’t be so rough and you may learn not just about other people, but you might get to know yourself a little better too.