Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Political Correctness

The image Turmoil©2009. Used with permission.

I have long thought that politically correct talk encourages the white lie and discourages honest discourse. Maybe someone thought that good manners would be followed. I suspect that what does follow is hypocrisy and limits to the discourse.

How does pussy-footing around a controversial issue solve the problems when the problems cannot be expressed honestly? Doesn't that just get the issues shoved under the carpet?

How does this foster tolerance? Yeah, I know you aren't supposed to insult others, but the idea has expanded beyond the insult to cover the idea that only certain issues can be defined and discussed.

Who gets to define the correctness anyway? What happened to understanding resulting from "walk a mile in my shoes" if it is politically incorrect to recognize that not all shoes are the same?

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