…fascism pretending to be manners.
Perhaps one of the men with the most gravitas in the last century was the comedian George Carlin. It’s probably fair to say that he has done more to impart critical thinking skills on the past few generations than public school ever could have hoped to.
One of the lessons I most remember from Professor Carlin was the rejection of “PC Culture”. You can probably tell it has resonated with me, seeing as how it has been a common thread in many of my blogs. But it really can’t be stressed enough. Political correctness threatens to impose 1984 style thought-policing and “wrong think” on society. The interesting difference between the Orwellian form and real world PC police is that it is socially enforced at all levels, not just top down. Academia, media and government push this false virtue as a tool for the retention of their own power, and useful idiots addicted to virtue signaling parrot these shallow platitudes and bind others to self-censor just to show how morally superior they are.
Thank god the tide seems to be turning now! Reasonable people of every stripe appear to be shedding this horse hair coat and choosing instead to engage in open and honest conversation. It is only a matter of time before we reach the tipping point where this regressive practice is put to bed and we can once again pick up the mantle of intellectual rigor that sharpens minds and dispenses with bad ideas. However, we can’t let up now. The fight will get a lot harder before it’s done. So I urge you to push back on PC hysteria in your own social interactions whenever it rears its ugly head. Only through challenging this false virtue in our own lives can we make room for real virtue to take root.
I leave you with this quote from the late great George Carlin, and a short video that expands upon it.
â€œPolitical correctness is America’s newest form of intolerance, and it is especially pernicious because it comes disguised as tolerance. It presents itself as fairness, yet attempts to restrict and control people’s language with strict codes and rigid rules. I’m not sure that’s the way to fight discrimination. I’m not sure silencing people or forcing them to alter their speech is the best method for solving problems that go much deeper than speech.â€
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