Chapter 14: Why Students Don’t Suffer

  • Lee TrepanierEmail author


In this chapter, Trepanier argues that the external achievements and affirmations of students and the lack of self-examination of their interior lives is a result of the university seeing them as commodities and customers rather than human beings who need cultivation. Students consequently see suffering—to be vulnerable, exposed, and unguarded—as a type of personal weakness and moral failing because it does not affirm their external accomplishments. There is to be no discrepancy between the flatness of one’s interior life and the mountain of achievements in the external one. To do so otherwise is tantamount to admitting failure.


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  1. 1.Saginaw Valley State UniversityUniversity CenterUSA

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