The Facade of Political Correctness
Many are aware of a rising epidemic taking place amongst many of the young British population – a trend I’d call ‘the burden of knowledge’. King Solomon’s ecclesiastical words give food for thought: “Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh”. And it’s not just the study of books that’s burdensome. But also the study of what others think about you and how to best construct your ‘identity’ in the face of this euphoria can also wear one out.
To be politically correct can also mean to have your subjective views ‘liked’ and ‘retweeted’ to the gleeful acceptance of others on social media. Instagram, which now has 700 million users globally, appears to be the social network having the greatest negative effect, according to a new report by the UK’s Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), an independent charity focused on health education.
Typing out on your dashboard ‘I DON’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT WHAT MY HATERS THINK’ appears rather self-refuting in the same manner as those who desire to loudly narrate on the injustices and inequalities of oppressed communities home and abroad face. The desire to justify things you yourself don’t practice or believe in can lead to a state where one is pressured to ‘have it all understood’. The Chinese proverb says ‘it’s easy to love people far away that you don’t know’ emphasizing how true charity doesn’t only begin at home but around the home. Before boasting of your commitment to understand and advocate for the wellbeing of others from afar; proof is seen in one’s prior engagement to local concerns. And thus being said – becoming politically correct burdens the purchaser to think about the ‘others’ their worldview has chosen to idolize.
We all have something within our ‘politically correct’ worldview that we inherently disagree with. Furthermore; we all have an idea, a love, a habit a cause that would appear ‘politically incorrect’ to others that that we agree with. And yes – I am generalizing. The PC brigade create spaces that feel like there is no room for ‘agreement to disagree.’ It’s either you submit to our way of thinking or you and your opinion will be hammered into the ground. There is no room for freedom of thought or coming to a level of mutual agreement and understanding. And it is these fixated dilemmas that if not dealt with can lead young boys and girls into an identity crises and even depression.
“I myself am completely politically incorrect. I think it has to do with being from such a large family. If one did not speak up or fight for the right to voice an opinion, one would be this way forever. I was the youngest of four brothers. It did not take long for me to realize where the right to voice an opinion came from, it came from the ability to fight for that right.” Endisnighe, AboveTopSecret (http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread568372/pg1 )
In all this waffle; I guess the main point I’m trying to make is that Nobody profits when you think only your point of view is correct. If something does not come naturally to us, it’s counter productive to pretend to be otherwise because pretension will lead to repression – and ultimately – depression. To our city dwelling postgraduate bloggers here in London that boast of a more open-minded view of the world, continue. But, don’t cut out the people around you who don’t share the same ideas. Chances are, neither of you are right, and the best solution is somewhere in the middle.