questionshas our society become too politically correct?

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Since there doesn't seem to be a middle ground here I'll be the moderate voice.

Maybe.

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not for me. If what I say offends someone, that's their issue.
Staying away from sexual or racial discussions at work is a small concession I make that I believe is more about being smart than politically correct.

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I am not one to conform to the bulk of "society norms". I don't dumb words down to make someone else feel better. I prefer George Carlin's stand on Politically Correct terminology.

"In the first world war, there was a war condition known as shell shock. Simple, honest, direct language. Two syllables, shell shock. Almost sounds like the guns themselves.

Then a whole generation went by and the second world war came along and very same combat condition was called battle fatigue. Four syllables now. Takes a little longer to say. Doesn't seem to hurt as much. Fatigue is a nicer word than shock.

Then Korea, 1950. The very same combat condition was called operational exhaustion. Hey, we're up to eight syllables now! And the humanity has been squeezed completely out of the phrase. It's totally sterile now.

Then Viet Nam, The very same is now called post-traumatic stress disorder. Still eight syllables, but we've added a hyphen! And the pain is completely buried under jargon."

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Who's politics? ...and who gets to define correct? Seems more like mind control. If I say something that you don't happen to agree with, you get to act offended, which means I'm a politically incorrect demon.

Really? Let's just get real and cut out the passive aggressive games. We all might learn something.

Just a thought :)

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The act of being offended is just that, an act. You chose to take offense to what someone says.

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@jnissel you hit the nail on the head. Political correctness seems to focus on saying things just the right way, within a narrow confine. What it does not seem to focus on, is the intentions of the speaker, nor, more importantly, the actions of that person. I knew a man who used the most offensive language, when describing people of a specific race. And yet, he literally risked hearth and home, in advancing their rights. To talk to him, he sounded like a horrible bigot, and yet, at the end of the day, did a lot of good, within the community, for the very people he appeared to malign. When you got to know him, you realized he was just a curmudgeon, and spoke badly of everyone, all while he stuck his neck out for justice. With him, it really was just language, he had no education, but a powerful sense of right and wrong. Which, IMHO, is way more important.

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We had a slight discussion here on deals around Halloween that had some points about being politically correct. You can check it out here if you'd like to.

Personally, I think that political correctness is needed in some situations (we don't want people using the n word all the time), it has come to such an extreme measure to where one group of people is forced to walk on egg shells while another group is able to use that to their advantage.

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I think there's a key distinction here that should be made between racial epithets, which are intended to encourage disrespect for people based on things like the amount of melanin in their skin or other such nonsense, and trying to police one's thoughts, which can quickly degrade into political prisoners.

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I think the problem is that tact has been transformed into trying so hard not to offend anyone that the truth is often obscured and that's become political correctness.

There are times when hard and difficult things need to be said. Most people are not going to enjoy hearing those things. That's why they are hard and difficult. But, if handled appropiately, if everyone in the situation actually listens and continues to communicate, working hard not to directly attack a person and not to take remarks as personal attacks, real good can come. But that requires honesty and respect and trust which usually must be earned over a period of time. It's not easy, but when it happens, it's an amazing thing. The problem is that the communication or trust or respect often breaks down and rather than doing the hard work to fix that many people feel it is easier just to avoid words, topics and situations where the difficult actions are required.

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@figgers3036: Thought police would mean it's all over for us.

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@pickypickypicky: I wish I could give you 1000 thumbs-up for your response!

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@mtm2: There are some things that you should take offense with.

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@jnissel: While that is true, those things are so few compared to the overall list that people seem to be offened by these days.

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No such thing as politically correct.