I think my latest round of thinking might have been a result of the spurious notions lately such as the anti-abortion rhetoric leading to the Planned Parenthood mass shooting, or the whole thing about mass shootings in general and the manipulation of statistics to put a push behind gun control.
Or maybe it’s the holidays, knowing I haven’t seen my sister in a long time but she’s a professor and her Facebook posts indicate she’s probably more liberal than my parents. Or maybe it’s my kids school and the green agenda behind their school projects and all the anti-bullying stuff and so forth.
But anyway. I haven’t been around in a while, and in the time that’s elapsed since I was more active around here, I’ve gotten divorced and am currently engaged, and my views on relationships and myself in general have evolved. In particular, from a political viewpoint, I look at political correctness with a renewed depth of why political correctness is so wrong.
Here’s the way I see political correctness; it’s a movement where everyone has to chose words or actions carefully to avoid committing an offense, usually perceived, against another person. Examples of violations of political correctness include calling a gay guy a faggot, referring to illegal aliens as illegal aliens instead of undocumented workers, or something as simple as referring to terrorists as terrorists instead of some other meandering title that defines them narrowly and separately from people that aren’t the terrorists but have some trait in common.
I feel that the better position is that everybody should just learn to be comfortable with who they are instead of being offended as easily as possible or because somebody chose words that carry meaning that may or may not be the same, but who knows because we aren’t inside anybody’s head but our own.
Why should it be offensive to call a guy who is homosexual a faggot? If I was one, if I was comfortable with my sexual orientation and someone called me a faggot, why shouldn’t my best option for a response be to say “yes I am.” I think it’s pretty well accepted, and anybody who disagrees - who cares, free country, entitled to their opinion. And if they chose to disagree in a violent fashion, there’s a simple word for that - criminal. Assault and battery is a crime, pretty straight forward.
My thought had a lot more depth, but that was the example that stuck in my head of the point I wanted to make. I think you can apply it in many ways. But the broader point is that this fear of miswording has obfuscated the issues, and long story short it’s like a thick fog, leaving us blind to the best things getting dismantled.