Political correctness you devil!

Can we have humanitarian values without sacrificing intellectual honesty? Political correctness says no, but this is why it is the enemy of the free thinker. The free thinker watches the world and says I have an idea, and political correctness replies do not say it out loud. It is an art that pretends to clean up the language, when really it only propagates an abundance of euphemisms.

Political correctness is the secular form of blasphemy. It demands words themselves are taboo, and it  is willing to threaten the blasphemer. I am not an absolutist, I believe there are extreme cases in which we must compromise to an extent with free speech, and we have. Free speech means the government itself cannot prosecute you for your words, but we have rules for people shouting fire in a movie theater. This is sensible.

Language isn’t perfect. Context demands more attention than individual words, and I think that attention is due. When the free thinker suggests his idea, political correctness feels threatened because it knows the idea will change part of the world. It fears this change, and tries to suppress the free thinker so that its world will remain the same—broken, but at least with no bad words.




  8 comments for “Political correctness you devil!

  1. July 17, 2014 at 4:25 am

    Political correctness can muffle speech, no question. But I feel there is a time and place for it. It doesn’t exist simply to extinguish ideas, but rather to not exclude anyone. This is a very difficult thing to do, so there end up being people who feel political correctness is stifling. Long story short you can’t please all the people all the time, but you can try to offend the smallest number of them as possible. I assume that’s the reason it’s “politically correct” and not “humanly correct”. It’s the politicians who benefit from alienating the least amount of people from their position. Also, people will take offense to almost anything, so there is motivation to be politically correct especially if you’re in any sort of limelight where people will criticize every single little thing you say.

    I find that it’s best to say what you mean and mean what you say. If you’re not a politician, then there’s no reason to be “politically correct”.

    • July 17, 2014 at 5:27 am

      ‘I find that it’s best to say what you mean and mean what you say. If you’re not a politician, then there’s no reason to be “politically correct”. ‘

      Well put. Thank you for reading!

  2. July 17, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I agree with your post. Political correctness is just another way for people to lie to themselves and each other. There is no need to be intentionally antagonistic like so many left- and right-wing activists are. But in general, rather than worrying so much about offending others or being offended, perhaps people should erdevelop thicker skins.

  3. July 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I’m interested in how you would define political correctness here. To me it seems like there are two categories.
    The first involves applying political correctness to ideas and never saying anything to offend someone’s thoughts. I would agree with your stance in regards to this category. Everyone holds different opinions and it is dishonest and futile to tiptoe around that fact, doing so would hinder the growth of both individuals and society as a whole.
    I do think there is merit in the second category though, which is applying political correctness to other people. Refraining from disparaging or bigoted speech is a sign of respect for the mere fact that you are speaking to another human being.

    • July 17, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      I think it comes down to the situation. In some certain situations certain things are appropriate to say and in others certain things are not. I don’t think we’ll find a perfect rule but for the most part if we understand basic manners then we’ll understand where political correctness is due.

      I would agree refraining from bigoted speech when speaking to another person, but that isn’t pc to me, that just seems like basic manners! Haha. When I think pc, I think censoring tv shows, censoring a lot of stuff really, people losing their jobs over silly things (like the firefox guy being asked to quit because he had donated 1k 10 years prior to a conservative lobby or something. C’mon if we are firing people for political views we are anything but tolerant), history books changing up the names of certain things (this happens a lot).

      I wrote this post in a very abstract sense. I hope this clarifies what I was talking about, thank you for reading!

  4. fortyfive9s
    July 18, 2014 at 3:08 am

    Reblogged this on fortyfive9s and commented:
    You mirror my own thoughts entirely. As a person with Aspergers I speak and write with honesty. I do not understand nor feel compelled to to follow societal restraints. As you said, Language is not perfect. There are so many anomalies it astounds me that we even manage to understand each other at all. I struggle with being literal, not a good mix with the type of language anomalies and political correctness that seems to be required. Toss it all out. Speak freely. Analyse language, the written and spoken word against a logical and literal landscape instead of emotionally charged backdrops.

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