PC. Politically Correct, right? Wrong. That was the first thought in your head, wasn’t it? Why? Because the media said so. Because you’ve heard it, daily, for the past couple of years. It’s kind of taken on a negative connotation now. A phrase that used to be a courteous way to refer to a group or individual has now become a tongue-in-cheek joke, typically made toward liberal politics.
What does “politically correct” mean to you? A note from Kara…
“Personally, I hate the phrase. I believe the public has become too sensitive as a whole, that the media, politicians, and citizens alike are all walking on eggshells afraid they will offend someone. And they probably will, even when trying to be ‘PC.’ Now, before you write me off as an inconsiderate, narrow-minded bigot, hear me out. While I hate the term ‘PC,’ the word I prefer to use is ‘diplomacy.’ I believe there is a tactful way to deal with any situation, but to implement diplomacy one is required to understand the other person’s point of view.
So, when one is told they have to be ‘politically correct,’ it seems like an awkward, forced ideal that doesn’t actually imply an understanding or acceptance of the individual or group you’re referring to, but instead requires you to use a specific vocabulary as not to offend those around you. But the power to be diplomatic… it’s like the difference between a scholar who can recite their vocabulary words in front of the class, and one who can use them in everyday conversation. The first merely studied the order of the text for fear of a lower grade. The second actually read with comprehension, and knows how to use those words.
Words are powerful. To restrict individuals to a set vocabulary that’s ‘politically correct,’ is actually limiting their understanding. It’s forced. And it’s been forced for so long now, it’s become joke, and counterproductive to the original purpose. So, I could care less if you’re ‘politically correct.’ But try, as hard as you can, when speaking and dealing with individuals who have different backgrounds, opinions, skin color, gender, sexuality, or experiences than you do to be diplomatic. One day you just might save the world.”
What Else Can “PC” Mean?
Well, not to sound redundant but…
Perspective Control – Anyone who has had any experience with photography understands what a perspective control lens is. It gives you the ability to control the angles and plane of focus in a shot – for example, if you were taking a picture of a tall building using a PC camera, you could control the parallel lines of the building to make them continue to be parallel, instead of the perception that they were tilted toward each other.
The same is true with information. Both the conservative and liberal medias are fantastic about showing you the perspective they want you to see. Narrow-minded individuals who hang on every word of a particular news outlet are subject to this perspective control, and eventually lose the power to take control of their own thoughts. Brainwashing, some might say. But the ability of an individual to master their own perspective control, and to be able to straighten the lines of truth to see the picture for what it really is, without the tilt, is a powerful skill, one that takes time to develop. Critical thinking is the foundation of perspective control. You have to be able to stand back away from the picture, look at it and recognize that the lines of that building obviously don’t tilt in that direction, and have the capability of looking at it through a different lens – a PC lens.
Political Commentary – You’ll probably see a lot of that on this blog. Politics is one of the areas of current events that the media gets so wrong, so often. Of course there are people who will believe differently than you, and that’s great! It’s good to have an open, civil discussion about politics. One of the biggest problems with our society is people who cannot seem to care enough about what goes on in the government until they find something they’re unhappy with and then all they do is complain. Say something. Do something. Make a statement. It’s your first amendment right to speak out against the government without fear of punishment. But with that right comes the responsibility of making sure your arguments are logical and based in fact – not sensationalist media lies you found on a Facebook meme. Research your cause, read, talk to people, and then form an educated opinion that you can back up with facts and sources. That is the basis of a civilized debate – not name calling and mud-slinging. You’re allowed to have friends who believe differently than you – in religious matters, parenting theory, and yes, even politics. Learn what sarcasm and satire are – that will save you a lot of time. Don’t get so worked up over an article you see or a comment made by a friend until you’ve had the chance to investigate it. And remember, there’s good and bad on every side. That doesn’t make either side right or wrong, just different.
Positive Change – My favorite definition of “PC.” Anyone can create positive change. Teachers, Christians, bisexuals, women, grocery store clerks, atheists, Mexicans, Muslims, children, Africans, the 1%, Asians, doctors, senior citizens, Communists, men, Catholics, Republicans, students, the 99%, construction workers, Liberals, presidents, North Koreans, Caucasians, the nerdy kid at the front of the classroom, the Queen of England, Irish, Democrats, the single parent on food stamps, millennials, soldiers, parents, Conservatives, politicians, Australians, the bully down the street, the Hollywood elite, the convicted murderer on death row, Canadians, the suburban soccer mom…
There is good in everyone, even if you don’t see it. Even if they are as different as humanly possible from you, and don’t believe, think, or act the way you do. There is potential in everyone to affect positive change, if given the opportunity. This isn’t the delusions of a naive young girl. Believe me, I get it. People can do horrible things to each other, get caught up in their own heads, and step on others to reach their goal. But they can also do good. To see that, you have to understand their perspective; that is the first step to creating positive change.