The Definition of Political Correctness
Political correctness (adjectivally, politically correct, commonly abbreviated to PC) is an ordinarily pejorative term used to criticize language, actions, or policies seen as being excessively calculated to not offend or disadvantage any particular group of people in society.
Being politically correct has its advantages and disadvantages.
The question is: Are you a part of the problem or are you a part of the solution?
- It appears that the disadvantage of trying to be PC, is that you must constantly watch yourself to not criticize language, actions, or policies seen as being excessively calculated to not offend or disadvantage any particular group of people in society.
- The advantages for being PC, is having the natural ability to engage in a conversation while not worrying that you are purposefully offending or criticizing anyone’s language, judging their actions; rather you’re being understanding to their policies. You are being kind by not demonstrating excessive, calculated meanness by offending any disadvantaged group of people in society.
Unfortunately, most people’s definition of NOT being PC, is that they feel that by making a stance in protest of their liberties that they can do or say whatever they want, whenever they want… and that is true – but it does not come without consequences.
The reason that we must find an answer to the question is to help us dig deep inside and find out how we can be a better person. We must understand that ugly words scar people and deviant actions hurt people. The alternative is to remain exactly the way we are without any filters or become more understanding in bringing us together as a society.
Either way, we chose our own path of resistance to what “IS” and carry on in turmoil with whomever we come into contact with thus; most always causing us “Dis-ease”.
Or we have the option to chose the path of non-resistance, for which is the path to happiness and “Ease”, with little worry and distress to distract us from what is good in our life.
I truly believe in my heart that we are all born with pure goodness…however, there are those whose goodness is lost at an early age, by meaningful people with warped sense of values. So don’t worry, there is hope! It will take a bit of time and work but it is attainable. I promise!
There was a time that I thought my way was the only way and that way was me being resistant to everything in my path. Constantly causing stress, heartache, and having to apologize to those around me for making distasteful comments that hurt people. Then through the eyes of my children one evening in a drunken stupor I found an “Awareness” in me that I knew existed – I just didn’t know how to access it. In my lowest moment, I found the highest ground and I’ve never looked back.
I’m not implying to you that you should not have an opinion, “Oh, Lord”, we must stand for something or we’d just be walking around in circles like Zombies. I’m just saying, that if you want to be heard, you don’t have to condemn or judge someone else for their beliefs to justify yours. If you can’t have a civil conversation without judgment then just dismiss yourself and go to a quiet place to think about what is really important in your life – don’t waste your energy on things that have no purpose – other than frustration. Trust me, this will take you down a giant sinkhole.
When you can accomplish this – you will have lessened the hold your ego has on you.
I love a heated discussion about politics, I’m not much on religion… but I am big on non-resistance to what is, and respecting my fellow-man. Is it always easy? Absolutely not. But there’s always a new day and every day you get a brand new start.
We share a planet that cannot survive without structure, decency, love, understanding, and forgiveness. This is truly all that being politically correct is about.
I cannot answer the question for you as to what side of PC you stand or how you chose to believe – and I wouldn’t want to. My purpose here is to simply help you understand that all you have to do is be AWARE of your behavior. Stop judging, blaming, shaming, and making excuses.
The most important part is that you start loving who you see in the mirror – without judgment, shame, blame, or the feeling of not being worthy.
At first, this may be difficult, but with practice, it will just become a regular part of your daily train of thought. Don’t worry, periodically you will slip back into not being PC, but you’ll catch yourself.
You don’t have to remember anything I’ve written here – except the word AWARENESS!
I promise – if you only, “Let Go and Let God” carry the weight of the world (it’s really heavy), you will see yourself in the mirror much differently. You will not be worrying about whether or not you’re being “Politically Correct”. You will find yourself habitually saying and doing everything with love & compassion – and that’s what really matters in the end.
Namaste! Peace & Love!