Pat Richards    

  ... Political Correctness is good for you !!!


These are notes, not polished articles...

Political Correctness is what Orwell's 1984 was warning us about.



Political Correctness as 1984 revisited

So, let's call today's current politically correct viewpoint the "we call it fudge now" revision. It was something else yesterday. It will be something else tomorrow. But today we call it fudge. Now, I'm not saying that weak-minded people don't have a right to acquiesce to whatever the current doctrine of Political Correctness happens to be and interpret things in the proper fudge-fashion and publish those opinions. They obviously do. But just because they have a right to engage in such politically-correct posturing, there's no reason I have to eat their fudge or agree that it is good fudge... or even acknowledge that it is fudge at all.

Sometimes people ask me if I don't think I'm being just a little bit paranoid... the way I go on raving against creeping Political Correctness in our culture? Surely it's harmless enough stuff? Just a way of being "courteous" and going along with the social flow, right?

I don't think so. I  think all politically-correct doctrine is false and at least a little evil because of what the concept of Political Correctness means to me. To me, it means people taking a position because it is in fashion or out of fear of being seen as "out of step" with the current trend -- rather than taking a position that is truly one's own conclusion, born out of logic and rationale thought after due consideration. "In fashion" thinking may have been good enough to squeak by in High School, but it isn't healthy if practiced by too many members of an adult society.

Here's why it is dangerous stuff: New Political Correctness doctrine doesn't "just happen" all by itself -- it is always created and evangelized by someone or some group with an aim towards furthering their agenda. It is the essence of what George Orwell railed again in his classic novel "1984" -- where facts, history and definitions of words are re-written on the fly to suit the political or cultural whims of the moment. Yes, I consider anything that is truly "politically-correct" by that definition to be not only false and at least a little bit evil, but very dangerous to society-as-we've-known-it. Which is why I speak out against it when I come across it.

The modern epidemic of Political Correctness reminds me of nothing so much as the chilling passage in the last part of 1984 where the protagonist Winston is being questioned by an agent of social authority named O'Brien:

"...O'Brien held up his left hand, its back towards Winston, with the thumb hidden and the four fingers extended.

 'How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?' "

Winston answers "four" and  then, under nasty duress, he is finally lead to understand  that this was not the politically-correct answer. Me, I'm going to continue to answer "four", regardless of the current PC doctrine.

As for bringing up the PC Boogie Man so often of late. Yes, sadly, I'm very much aware that I've been doing so. Why? Well, I'm not being proactive against PC effects, I am being reactive. And the increased frequency of my comments about it are simply a reflection of the distressing fact that it has become so prevalent of late. New PC doctrine and capitulation to it by the public is happening much more frequently than it used to -- and it is now taking new forms, finding new ways to insinuate sloppy, easily-manipulated thinking into people's minds. It has become so prevalent that most people either don't see it or recognize it for what it is and just accept it. To them it's no big deal.

If by speaking out when I see it and refusing to be docile and accept such revisionist drivel causes those infamous and ever-popular "some people" to classify me into the he's-just-being-paranoid trash bin in their minds, well, that doesn't bother me very much -- because their minds are already lost. I'm speaking to those who can still think for themselves.

'...You are a slow learner, Winston,' said O'Brien gently.

'How can I help it?' he blubbered. 'How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.'

'Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.'

 -- George Orwell, 1984 (Part 3, chapter 2... you should read it)