PC or Not-PC isn’t the right question.

PC or political correctness promises treating all others with respect and dignity by all who use it.  It believes it was born in the 60’s civil rights era and that it champions freedom from oppression for all.  It has a form of godliness, but denies godliness’s real power, which is love and acceptance (but not necessarily approval), .

Something has happened to PC.  It doesn’t respectfully disagree any more.  It sees no value in that.  Because it has held power the last eight years it feels that it has license to silence critics.  Now it bullies, it berates, it is rude, it’s my way or the highway.  It calls names instead of trying to understand others…

Wait a minute, that sounds exactly like PC’s opposition called Not-PC.  Not-PC has been out of power for 8 years and so nothing is their fault.  They are on the side of the Constitution so they can silence critics.  They are bullies, they berate, they are rude, they are my way or the highway.  They call names instead of trying to understand others…  It was born in the Reagan era and proposes freedom as well, that is, freedom to do it their way.  It has a form of godliness, but denies godliness’s real power, which is love and acceptance (but not necessarily approval).

Between PC and Not-PC there is a tiny space (reminiscent of Victor Frankl’s).  It is called respect for others while you respect yourself.  It doesn’t pretend to have all the answers.  Those need to be forged through listening and sharing in crucial conversations, co-operation and synergy with each other.  What it does have is hope.  Hope that we as a community, as a country, can be wise enough and strong enough to realize there is no future without each other.

P.S.  Since writing this I have reconsidered the size of that “tiny space (reminiscent of Victor Frankl’s).”  I was reacting to the Facebook war that flooded me (by invitation) during the campaigning.  I believe there are many who desire reconciliation and constructive dialogue with their brothers and sisters who hold different views.

Author: james bruce mcnaughton

I became Seriously Mentally Ill at age 18, ten years later I got and took the right meds, I accepted Jesus, and my recovery began.

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