Political Correctness or Freedom of Speech.

Treating Other People with Compassion or Freedom of Speech.

Hello. I’m here to add a sour note to your echo chamber.

My browser has a number of extensions that filter content, changing some phrases to others so that I can recognise what people are really saying. Get to the heart of the matter, as it were. One of these converts the words “Political correctness” to “Treating other people with compassion.”

I had another which replaced the words “Social Justice Warrior” with “Jew” but that caused some confusion and was discontinued.

Now I’m well aware that arguing with people like yourselves is pointless. So I’m not going to bother. I’m just going to say this.

Most people understand, at some point during puberty if not before, that it is impossible to police the thoughts of other people. The only thoughts that you can police are your own. However we can police what others say in our presence. We can say “I don’t want to discuss that,” or “You’re wrong, but I don’t have the time to tell you why you’re wrong,” or even “I believe we had a global conflict last century that your side lost. Which given that your argument is founded upon your claimed implicit physical and intellectual superiority completely disproves your argument.”

Society has, as a whole, decided to outright forbid speech that fails to treat other people with compassion, respect and like other human beings. People who disagree with this stance refer to it as “Political Correctness”.

What forbidding speech that doesn’t treat other people with compassion does is make it harder for such people to find each other. This makes it harder for such people to legitimise their ill conceived, outdated and disproven ideas. It silences the echo chambers.

What political correctness does is prevent these people from using slurs and instead forces them to remind themselves and their listeners that they are talking about People. People of colour, people with disabilities, people with mental illnesses, gay people, and so on and so forth.

And in closing. While freedom of speech grants the right for people to speak their minds it does not grant them the right to be heard.

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