Has the pendulum swung too far the other way?
So here I am in the 21st century. A 60s baby boomer, dragged up in the 70s, got drunk for the 80s. No, it isn’t a typo. I was probably drunk for most of the 80s. And I had an amazing time. I’m trying to think of the first time I got angry at ‘political correctness.’ Hmm.
Probably the 90s, as I was rapidly approaching my 30s, and had almost sobered up enough to care. My mis-spent youth aside, political correctness began picking up a lot of steam in the 90s. Why that is doesn’t really matter at this point. It was needed to a large extent and for many reasons. My memories of growing up are littered with both my personal experiences of abuse and knowledge of abuse towards others happening every day without recourse.
Growing up in Scotland but having been born in Germany meant I was a target for bullying. People I knew and many I didn’t were routinely targeted for all sorts of reasons. All of course the result of some form of prejudice or another, racism, fascism, Antisemitism, religious intolerance, homophobia, misogyny et-al.
Bullying is never okay in any form and if you’re reading this post, you’ll know just by being on this website, called Feel Your Way, that my whole premise is one of inclusivity, tolerance and free thought.
Why then, do I now say that political correctness has gone too far? Perhaps a small disclaimer here first, as I’m not in the USA, I don’t have personal experience of the politics there. My comments are notwithstanding their current POTUS position on this or any topic, or his frequent contributions.
My point is a very simple one. There is a line where, if you go beyond it, you become the problem instead of the solution. The situation we now have in my view at least (in the UK) is that the fight for equality and tolerance has become something much more. The politics has become murky, insidious, as those purporting to fight for a cause of inclusive fairness for all have become intolerant and divisive themselves.
In a world where it’s impossible to even hold an opinion without offending someone, political correctness has become the monster it sought to tame.
The whole point of an inclusive society is negated if you must exclude yourself as a form of self-sacrifice. Inclusive means all, including you, your creed, orientation, faith, your religion, your beliefs. Everyone is a minority somewhere, and part of the majority somewhere else. That’s the whole point of Feel Your Way.
It doesn’t matter for example, how or if you celebrate this current season, or what you choose to say to each other in celebration of it. You’re not excluding or disrespecting anyone by doing so. Continuing the example, I’m not Christian. So, Merry Christmas to you all if you celebrate it. And a very Happy New Year!