The Dangers of Political Correctness
The Battle We Don’t Talk About
Political correctness is like a drug. Once you’re hooked, it’s really, really hard to quit. It starts changing you — breaking you down, making you more skeptical and quicker to judge — but you sort of ignore the evidence.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t condone purposefully saying or doing things you know are offensive to others.
I don’t condone being a douche.
But here’s the kicker: being PC has some major side effects we conveniently never seem to mention:
- We automatically stereotype people
- We only take their words at face value
- We categorize them as soon as they use a “buzzword”
- We stop using our intuition to read peoples’ true intent
This social barrier is literally born from the fear that we will never be able to genuinely, naturally coexist. The fear that we’re all so different, we’re incapable of understanding or accepting each other.
The fear that others don’t get us, so we’ll never agree to disagree in a civil manner.
Political correctness exists because a few of us have given up trying to understand each other, and the rest of us are expected to mirror their mannerisms. We value “business as usual” over genuine interaction.
We want to avoid being judged.
Unfortunately, this creates an environment in which it’s considered okay, even “normal” to judge.
We’re talking about heavy peer pressure to only look on the surface and ignore everything that actually matters.
I suppose it’s in place to bury our ideological differences and avoid uncomfortable situations. Unfortunately, the only way to work through these issues — and maybe even come to a real understanding — is to face the uncomfortable situations.
To trust your fellow human beings.
But our motivation has to be more than money, profit, or success in business.
It must be the realization that we don’t always have to fear each other. We don’t have to live in a world where we hide our true selves to avoid judgement.
Faith In Humankind
This is a recurring theme in my writing, and for good reason.
Trust, coupled with the desire to rediscover all of our amazing abilities society has taught us to keep dormant — or even outright told us don’t exist — is the first step in living up to our potential, getting along, and doing it all without micromanagement.
Political correctness, in particular, stifles one of our most powerful innate abilities: intuition.
Intuition is incredibly useful, and an important part of our inherent skillset. It’s how we tell when people are lying. It’s how we accurately just “know” something before it can be measured.
It’s imperative to utilize this alongside our capacity for logic in order to really begin to understand the world.
The biggest issue I have with being PC is that it trains our focus on peoples’ terminology and social gestures, and distracts us from our intuitive ability to read and assess situations.
When we have a little perspective — when we step into each other’s shoes every once in a while — it’s suddenly easy to regain compassion and understanding for each other.
When we really understand, or we’re simply open to understanding each other, then traditional political correctness is unnecessary — it’s naturally replaced with respect.
If not, you communicate your misunderstanding, or you handle the situation appropriately.
We don’t need the “protection” of such a construct in order to function.
We’re all beings of massive potential — we don’t need such a filter imposed upon us.
Everyone wants to be understood.
Why are we so afraid of trying to understand everyone?