Are “Cry Closets” the Future of America?

Materially and technologically, things have never been better. In those respects, I’d rather be living today than at any other time in human history.

Intellectually and psychologically, the utter and totally opposite extreme is true.

Case in point [source Fox News]:

‘Cry Closet’ may help Utah students overcome stress of final exams

Students at the University of Utah will have the opportunity to relieve stress during finals week by locking themselves in the school’s Cry Closet for a short period of time.

A student’s tweet about the Cry Closest went viral Tuesday.

The small room in the middle of the Marriott Library on the Salt Lake City campus features a narrow door with dark lining, a plush floor and stuffed animals inside, according to FOX13 Salt Lake City.

“A Safe Place for Stressed Out Students,” a note on the door reads. “This space is meant to provide a place for students studying for finals to take a short 10 minute break.”

Jana Cunningham, the school’s communications specialist, told the station that the Cry Closet is mainly for students who are feeling overwhelmed with the stresses of finals.

“It’s a great place to just come and decompress, and that’s really what it’s for,” she said.

One Twitter user blasted the school as “pathetic” for installing the room in the library.

“This is beyond pathetic, first we tried to have Swoop be our mascot now this,” the user wrote. “Way to prepare students for the real world. Wonder how many prospective employers have cry closets?”


Young people often take the hit for absurd, even depraved policies such as “cry closets”.

But they didn’t ask for these things. Many of them probably think they’re just as absurd and depraved as the rest of us do.

At some point, we have to look at the intellectual, psychological and even moral status of the people who create, endorse and foster these policies. They’re the ones killing civilization. And they will only do so if we let them.

People who endorse and create “cry closets” and their equivalents are, to be sure, fostering a generation of helpless, intellectually and psychologically impotent future citizens. It doesn’t mean they will succeed. But they want to do so, and that’s the important thing to understand and remember. They know what they’re doing and they don’t care. Actually, they want to foster the moral and psychological helplessness the rest of us rightly condemn.

It’s not necessary to understand why they want us all to be dependent. All we need to accept is that they do. Once we do, then the truth will set us free. We’ll realize we never had to listen to these so-called academics and intellectuals — many of them in my own field of mental health and psychology. They’re full of it, and we should not be afraid to say so and proceed accordingly.

To paraphrase one of my favorite thinkers of all time, Ayn Rand: don’t try to understand a folly or an irrationality. Simply ask what it accomplishes. With “cry closets” and all the other insanity foisted on young people today, what it’s intended to accomplish is quite clear. Isn’t that all you need to know?

If you have children, you don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars supporting these institutions. Tax money does not have to be spent on these schools. Without the coercion and politics of tax-funded schools, we would see very little of this, because such open and self-evident insanity could not last for five minutes on an open, free market. If it could, and people would willingly pay for this crap, then civilization would truly be doomed anyway.

Cry closets — both as a literal thing and a metaphor — need not be our future. But it’s up to us — the young people being subjected to them, most of all — to decide, once and for all, that we won’t become the helpless and moronic creatures our so-called intellectual superiors want us to be.


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