Have we replaced our core values of honesty, integrity, responsibility, leadership and respect for political correctness? Are we so afraid of expressing what we actually believe because we’re afraid we will be ostracized or called a name.
I am politically incorrect, that’s true. Political correctness to me is just intellectual terrorism. I find that really scary, and I won’t be intimidated into changing my mind. Everyone isn’t going to love you all the time.
Mel Gibson was on to something, though his expression was blown up in the press and he came away looking terrible. Honesty is one of the core values that we see going by the wayside in a big way in politics. Oh, but you say they are all a bunch of liars and thieves! Well now you’re politically incorrect!
Perhaps the first ever example of political correctness is a common one where the woman asks her significant other if she looks fat in a particular dress or jeans. Maybe the woman’s buttocks is “thirteen axe handles across” and the man has to make a judgment. He can be totally honest or find another way of getting out of answering.
Now how many men are truthful if the answer is she really looks fat. “Well…yes. But its okay because there are other jeans you look waaaay fatter in!” *laughs nervously* Slap! Or…
“Nah, I just don’t really like the color/shade of the dress/jeans.”
Political Correctness was designed so your actions or words would not anger anyone. There are many that feel it has gone too far. What exactly does it mean to be a politically correct person? Wikipedia dictionary defines “political correctness as “Political correctness (adjectival, politically correct; both forms commonly abbreviated to PC) is a term which denotes language, ideas, policies, and behavior seen as seeking to minimize social and institutional offense in occupational, gender, racial, cultural, sexual orientation, certain other religions, beliefs or ideologies, disability, and age-related contexts, and, as purported by the term, doing so to an excessive extent.” With this definition it’s no wonder overreaching Political correctness shuts down creativity and creates internal conflict and is chipping away at the fundamental American freedoms of speech and expression.
But it also takes away our ability to express ourselves openly in a group and this can affect leadership and responsibility in business. It also takes away our ability to criticize those who break the law or form terror groups to harm our country.
It’s this upside-down world that we live in where we afford political correctness to the most intolerant group of individuals on the planet.
Vince Flynn (April 6, 1966 – June 19, 2013)
So what do you think? Has political correctness affected you in the workplace or in social groups?