We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Q: "How many feminists does it take to change a lightbulb?" A: "That's not funny."
We believe in good manners and respectful behavior except when it is undeserved, but we also believe in free speech and equal opportunity insults, especially for the purpose of humor, irony, and satire but occasionally to just smack some jerk around when feeling cranky. I am no different from anybody else in this.
From American Thinker, A Quiet Defeat for Political Correctness? It begins:
Maybe this is how political correctness ends; not with a bang, but with a whimper. Across the country, universities that had abandoned in loco parentis in the 1960s because it was too oppressive and intrusive have replaced it with in loco Big Brother programs of political and cultural re-education.
There’s a big fuss at the moment over a list of “no-no words” circulated by an office of the Army. Compiled by someone with expertise in equal opportunity matters, the list purports to be 76 examples of words that simply should not be used in the workplace, as they are hurtful. The email, in fact, has an accompanying PowerPoint titled “WORDS HURT!”
While the majority of the words are ones that would – and should – get your children’s mouths washed out with soap, some are puzzling.
“Colonial,” for instance, is on the list. Ditto “Canuck.” Many are chortling at the evident politically-correct overreach. The list evidently discourages workplace talk about Vancouver’s professional hockey team. Others are predictably angry.
As I said, genteel manners are fine, but "sticks and stones...". Heck, I have had acquaintances call me a Nazi - and I'm not even a Socialist... or of German ancestry. I'm mostly Libertarian. How they get Nazi out of Libertarian is beyond me.
Or maybe the Wisconsin program didn't receive many reports, and "withered away" for the same reason a program to root out Ann Coulter fans among Nanci Pelosi's staff would wither away with few reports -- the studentry of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is such a self-selectedly liberal group there simply aren't many incidents to report.
The problem is that people are too easily offended. Instead of teaching our children not to offend, we should be teaching them how to not take offense. Think about how less chaotic and stressful life would be without having to worry about what somebody else thinks, says or does to us!
In most cases it is the person who is offended that creates all the turmoil. In reality, what difference does it make? I have been making a conscious effort to work on this. It has helped immensely, yet it is difficult to eliminate completely.
The truth is that I am just trying to become a more faithful Christian and better person overall. You are right though, in that respect no one can possibly reach perfection.
I have been undergoing a spiritual transformation, but in the process have discovered that "dying to self" is difficult, and old habits die hard so to speak.
Like others, I tend to be extremely sensitive to criticism. It takes an inordinant amount of awareness. I used the term "work on it", because it seems to rear its ugly head when I least expect it. The workplace provides the greatest challenge. It is like a battleground of egos.