We all understand the value of not being intentionally rude or offensive to fellow human beings. However, when it comes to being politically correct things have gotten out of hand. We are creating a nation of hypocrites afraid to voice their true opinions on any subject. We seem to think it is better not to exercise our right to freedom of speech. We are denying people the freedom to share their personal beliefs.
Gag Orders in the USA. Although we are supposedly guaranteed freedom of religion, expressing our religious views based on our religious doctrine, whether that be the King James Bible, the Book of Mormon, or through personal spiritual enlightenment, could cause us to lose our jobs, lose our friends, lose respect and be condemned as social outcasts, bigots, racists, sexists and the like.
Personally, I don’t want to spend my life with one hand over my mouth. I am entitled to my opinion. I have a right to hold different beliefs than you. Censoring what comes out of a person’s mouth and requiring people to attend tolerance awareness classes is not going to produce the politically correct results some people are hoping for. It will simply cause those condemned to offer meaningless apologies and pretend they are reformed.
Wake up, grow up and realize that everyone is not going to like you. Some people will think you are too fat, too skinny, too short, too tall, too religious, too black, too white, too sexy, too ugly, too educated, too arrogant, too annoying, too attractive, too ignorant or smell too bad to work in certain types of businesses. Let’s face it, some people will never work well with others or get along with others because they are simply too different. Some people work better as part of a team and others need to work independently. Some people are working in the wrong field to begin with. Forcing everyone to work together will not create tolerance, understanding or compassion. It will create politically correct hypocrites who build up unbearable resentment against each other until someone eventually goes postal.
Individual Rights. Imagine for a moment that you are a natural health doctor - health freak running a holistic medical clinic. You loathe the smell of cigarettes and can smell them from miles away. In fact, your nose is so sensitive to the smell of cigarette smoke that it causes you to vomit. Shouldn’t you have the right to hire a less qualified non-smoker over a habitual chain smoker to work in your clinic?
Should you be forced to be politically correct and non-discriminatory, in which case you would have to wear a face mask in you own clinic everyday so that you don’t smell the cigarette smoke or fragrances used to cover the smell, and so that you don’t constantly vomit on the job?
And if the habitual smoker with the impressive resume that you failed to hire should ask why he or she didn’t get the job is it better to be truthful and say “Honestly, I can’t tolerate the smell of cigarettes. I am totally against smoking. My mission in life is to promote positive health, etc. etc. etc. therefore, I just could not hire a smoker.” or should you lie to avoid being sued for discrimination?
Education for Hypocrites. Diversity is great. Tolerance is great. We just need to keep things in perspective. Unfortunately, here in the USA we are not keeping things in perspective. We are bordering on insanity. We are censoring our books and our voices. We are raising children who will not be able to function because we are covering up reality to avoid hurting feelings. We are raising children to be hypocrites because we are teaching them to believe one thing, but they are watching us do something else.
Look at the way we educate children in schools. Young children are harassed for refusing to share their crayons or toys. Adults, teachers and parents, make them feel guilty for not doing so. Yet, these children watch the adults refuse to share. They watch American restaurants throw away millions of dollars worth of food each year while hungry, homeless veterans wait outside begging for food. They see images of hungry children around the world and they wonder why a country as rich as their own is not willing to share the food that we waste each day. They realize that adults don’t practice what they preach.
So let’s stop going overboard trying to be politically correct because the children are watching and they know a sham when they see one. Stop saying you believe in freedom of religion if you are frowning on the Amish and Muslims. Your children hear the negative comments that you make about other people. Just be honest and say “I’m so self-centered and close-minded that I only believe in my own religion and I have no interest in learning about other peoples’ religions.” Just make sure you realize that your religion is not better than anyone else’s. Your beliefs are most likely based on how you were raised, passed down to you from your parents who were raised with the beliefs of their parents. No one has all the answers about how we came to be and what happens after we die. We are all doing the best we can based on what we were taught or have come to believe. So we might as well stop passing judgment. In other words, how do you know that what you believe is the truth? You don’t. Nobody does!
A Simple Solution. We don’t need laws forcing us to be politically correct. We need universal love and compassion for fellow human beings in every country around the world. Although we may have some superficial differences, human beings are basically alike. We all want the same things in life. We want love, freedom and happiness. We want a safe place to live and food for our families. If we treat others the way we want to be treated we would never have to
worry about whether we are politically correct, doing or saying the right thing.
Good-bye “politically correct” - Hello “common sense.”
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