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Sunday, 15 April 2018

It Makes Me So Tired

Is anyone else as weary as I am of trying all the time to be 'politically correct'?  Is it politically correct to say politically correct?  This is how ridiculous it has gotten.  The other day I was ordering my coffee at Williams and it suddenly struck me that perhaps it is not right to ask for your coffee 'black'.  I got as far as saying "one with milk" and then I stalled.  "And the other?" the girl at the till asked.  "Without?" I managed.  "Black?" she asked.  I guess it's still okay then.  I find myself censoring every single thing I say...living in fear of accidentally insulting someone.

9 comments:

  1. I know exactly what you are saying. Everything is taken so literally nowadays. One doesn't quite know how to word things.

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  2. Reminds me of the ongoing dispute here in NS between the province and a man with the last name Grabher, whose personalized license plate was revoked a couple of years ago after an anonymous complaint. By all appearances there was no ill intent, but political correctness has made this man resort to the courts. It is his family name, for goodness sake. Are all families called Black or Brown now going to have their plates revoked also? I try to go with doing the best I can do, be open to correction if it's warranted, and hope that reasonable people will understand.

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  3. I think political correctness has been tarred with the wrong brush. I try and think of it as being polite, and being careful not to insult/demean people with a thoughtless choice of words. A work in progress. Always.

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  4. No, no, no. Stop overthinking. EC is right. Just be nice.

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  5. EC is right, except there are people today just waiting to pounce on any perceived indiscretion...I say just be nice and to those people, who really cares?

    BTW, I am offended by your use of the words ordering and struck, and by right do you mean Republican? I hope not!

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  6. In light of the fact that somebody is bound to be offended by something I say regardless, I don't worry too much about it. I generally try and be decent to people and to learn from my mistakes, and outside that... well, coffee is not going to get offended.

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  7. I've never thought of political correctness applying to coffee, after all, there is only white or black. Unless you order a cappuccino (*~*)

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  8. Like you, I try to be polite and kind and not lessen another person or group, and I am always open to learning. I think EC said it perfectly.

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  9. Yes, it is so disheartening to have to be on constant guard not to offend someone these days. Most of us would never purposely offend anyone anyway; I know I wouldn't. But, even now I often pre-think and rehearse what I need to say to someone. It's like we are becoming conditioned to be like robots, with pat answers and non-threatening gestures, etc. Let's all enjoy our day......it's the only one we've got.

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