Politically Incorrect...or Rebels Without A Clue?
I recall my studies in Business Administration (no, I never completed them...) One of my professors was a fervent defender of the "brutal" approach to capitalism (he must be happy now that it is triumphant everywhere, France included )
His favorite argument was one in defense of private property (I've heard it many times after this). He used to say "look at the babies, if you try to take something from their hands they will cry and try to hang onto it. So private property is an isntinct we are born with. You can't go against it". The day he said so I was probably very bored and very frustrated at the whole career for I replied: "babies Sh#t on themselves, should we do that too because it's an instinct?". Of course, the class laughed, I scored many points as a smartass and I never went to that class again, knowing that the professor would not approve me in a million years
The point is: civilization means improvement. Improvement means curbing down our most destructive instincts and adapt our behaviour to create a better society. I have no idea if cooperation is an instinct or not, but is vital for the survival of the human society in harmony as much as possible. So are tolerance, acceptance of others points of view, kindness, etc. Ethics, philosophy, religion, political theory, sociology...all are based in the idea that we MUST fight for a better society.
And then political incorrectness (PI) chimed in...
After some idiot had the stupid idea that, instead of having a better society we could just change our vocabulary to hide the defects of today's society (instead of saying "police beated up a nigger" they would say "police exerted excessive force on an afro-american citizen" which of course would not change facts the least) the reaction to this idea was it's exact opposite and just as stupid: "Hey, PC is hypocrite. Why not just say whatever we want to? The more offensive, the better!"
And thus, PI was born...now it's "cool" to be homophobic, racist, utterly intollerant. You are not a monster, you are not the new Hitler! You are PI! You can be as tasteless as you want and people will consider you a rebel! Hallelujah!
Well...it sucks! PC was a stupid idea. But at least it was conceived with a better world in mind. PI is just an excuse for ventilating your worse instincts and phobias.
Me? I still think a better world is possible. I hope someday I will have kids. I want them to learn what I learnt: that you can be kind, you can be polite, you can be tolerant even with those that have opposite ideas to yours.
That there is a better future, if we are willing to work for it.