Walking on egg shells. I think that is the best way to describe how most people have to go about navigating this politically correct world. Regardless of how we got here, it seems like most people out there are so scared of offending any one else that they seem like they walk on egg shells. Try it out. Wait for a conversation and interrupt by saying, “that’s offensive” and most of the time you’ll see the people backpedal and stumble over their words. Trying to correct some kind of wrong.
This world is filled with different opinions. With over seven billion, you’re bound to piss people off eventually. So Yeah, that means you’re bound to piss people off by just being alive. It’s unavoidable so thats not the question. The question is: What will you do when you offend someone?
Will you back track or will you stand for what you said? The problem is that it’s not so cut and dry; black or white. There is a line you must walk. One side, if you make a dead baby joke at an expecting mother and staying adamant that its not offensive and only a joke. The other is if a bumper sticker has the power to change your political party and you drive to the tax collectors office to re-register for the 5th time that week.
Its not about where you stand, but how you stand.
You don’t want to be that guy that’s always offending people, you also don’t want to be the guy who flip flops all the time. Most of us know someone that fits this description or can relate to it.
Be affirmative and maintain your authority! If you say something offensive stand by it if its something you truly believe in no matter the subject. You will be called an asshole, a bigot, a dick and a jerk, its inevitable, but frankly its a million times better than cowering away and having no stance on anything.
Remember you have the right to say whatever you like
Just to drill the point home here is the famous quote often distributed to Voltaire “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”, so go ahead crush some eggshells, how else are you supposed to make an omelet anyway?
When you agree to political correctness, you agree to communicate on thought-limiting terms that benefit the status quo. MT @IllimitableMan
— Unsoundly (@MildlyUnsound) March 17, 2015