Courtesy before Political Correctness

Our language and culture are being contused by the false god of political correctness (PC).

PC stops you from acting in any way that may potentially offend or “injure” somebody, somewhere, sometime. Applying PC to itself means that you shouldn’t apply it: You are the first to be harmed by not being truthful to yourself.

And others can be hurt if PC stops you from saying things that ought to be said. Others may not blame you for not having said anything. But you will always know that you could have said something.

Being non-PC is different to being rude or insulting. Rudeness and insults are disproportionate measures; often shaped by bigotry, ideology and ignorance.

We should be free to express our truths. When doing so, we must keep in mind that things that confront are not readily accepted; so those truths must be expressed in a reasoned manner, atuned to the audience.

There’s an English word; “courtesy” that seems to have fallen into disuse; at least in its exercise. One can be courteous without being PC. That is the least that we expect of others; isn’t it?

Courtesy demonstrates respect. You need that in order to present truths that may confront.

(Originally published on Facebook 2009-12-02)

Dr. Theodore Dalrymple, a contributing editor to City Journal and the author of his collection of essays Our Culture, What’s Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses said in an interview:

Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.

(Added 2014-12-13 — via Mark Steyn)

Contributor Ruairi wrote at Joanne Nova’s blog:

When the situation is dire,
And our cause goes right to the wire,
To keep ourselves free,
From that monster:P.C.,
We can always rely on satire.

(Added 2015-02-08)