The Reality Of Political Correctness

This post covers a truly interesting topic. In addition to a clear definition of political correctness, you will be presented with numerous examples of its positive and negative effects.

Before we get started, I would like to write a few paragraphs about my motivation behind this article. I've spent most of my adult life abroad. Having lived in quite a few countries and communities, I've noticed clear differences when it comes to political correctness from country to country and sometimes even from region to region.

However, what stands out the most, is when I go home to Sweden on holiday or read Swedish news online. Nowadays, political correctness has a firm grip on the nation. Political correctness, not freedom of the press, limits Swedish media to a high degree. In other words, the media is not in a position to report from a politically incorrect perspective; or phrased differently, the media has little choice but to side with politically correct views.

Mind you, Sweden is one of the most democratic and liberal countries in the world.

News that have been steeped in a politically correct solution is borderline propaganda. In short, the media tells you how to think like a good Swede. This obviously applies to many-a-nation.

Any well-known person in Sweden that has the courage to voice politically incorrect views, no matter how good his intentions may be, will be blamed and bullied by the media.

Political correctness limits freedom of expression, makes for conformism and propaganda-like news. That, is my motivation for delving into the reality of political correctness.

What Is Political Correctness?

When you express opinions that are morally acceptable in your community, you are said to be politically correct.

It would be politically correct, in most democratic societies, to say that you respect anyone regardless of their race, faith, sexual orientation and gender. Such an outlook on life makes for tolerance and harmony.

Moreover, political correctness is greatly influenced by culture and varies from country to country and even from region to region.

To be politically incorrect on the other hand, entails expressing views that are not morally acceptable in your community. One could say that political incorrectness is a form of taboo. An example that would be considered subtle political incorrectness, in most democratic countries, would be to say that women are not good drivers. Making such a statement serves no purpose other than to discriminate against women.

Another scenario would be to publicly praise the dictator that rules your country. By praising him, you would do what is expected of a good citizen, thus you have nothing to fear. Can you see how political correctness sometimes have nothing to do with truth and reality? A sane person would never praise a dictator. The act is triggered by fear.

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The Positive Effects Of Political Correctness

Here are some examples of how political correctness can have a positive effect on a community or the world at large:

- When people express themselves skillfully, no one takes offense. Thus, to some degree, political correctness makes for harmony.

- In a community where political correctness is considered important, all minority groups are treated with a measure of respect.

- Political correctness in the democratic part of the world, promotes what is good and right. As a result, people are more willing to stand up for human rights, equality, animal rights and the environment. The same holds true for non-democratic countries, but to a lesser degree.

The Negative Effects Of Political Correctness

Here are some examples of how political correctness can have a negative effect on a community or the world at large:

- When the media sides with politically correct views, the reporting becomes biased and incomplete. Vital information ends up at the bottom of the post instead of in the headline, or it is omitted altogether. The journalists have no choice but to conform to the methodology. The objective is usually to avoid stigmatizing any minority groups.

- If you express politically incorrect views in certain communities, you will be blamed, called names and even threatened to death.

- Political correctness demands conformity, which ultimately reduces your freedom.

- In a society where political correctness is given great importance, political action is hampered. Often times, it's a matter of not offending or labeling any minority groups.

- Political correctness makes people two-faced and fake. How about donating to a charity, only so that others will think of you as a good guy.

What is your take on political correctness? What are your experiences? Take a moment to think it over...

Be Respectful And Sensible

To me, it's very important that we are respectful of each other. Not only does a moral framework promote harmony, it also makes life more pleasant.

When it comes to the conservative stance on political correctness, count me out. It should be pointed out though, that there are individuals, organizations, businesses and governments that have surprisingly good intentions. That in itself is honorable.

Nevertheless, it's vital to be able to discuss any issues in a respectful and sensible manner.

What is more, as human beings we have to learn to accept that everyone that cross our path will not share our views and opinions. The key to make this process as painless as possible, is to develop a genuine understanding of others.

The more curious you are about people, the deeper your understanding.

Best of luck!

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