These are notes, not polished
Political Correctness is what
Orwell's 1984 was warning us about.
Political Correctness as 1984
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,
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.
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.
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:
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)