The History of Political Correctness

Political correctness is a farce, as it is taking responsibility for the feelings of others instead of allowing them to be responsible for them. If we are unable to say what we’re feeling, we are denying others the opportunity to deal with their feelings, process their emotions, and correct their root perceptions that originally caused the interaction and offense in the first place. It is a missed opportunity for us to work through our emotions and perceptions as well, as we’re missing out on the valuable feedback that the interaction could provide to us about our own beliefs. Now this doesn’t mean that we should be bigots with a blatant disregard for the feelings of others, but coddling and overprotecting the feelings of others is not the answer either; neither option is a responsible use of our energy. We have the option to be a person who considers all pertinent information, processes it, removes any contradictions, and then makes wise decisions — political correctness avoids this possibility under the guise of inclusiveness.

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