Political correctness is ruining the world. And I am not referring here to the actual concept of the term. The core principle is one of value. But the way it is used and implemented nowadays is hurting everyone. Sometimes, too much of a good thing can be harmful instead of helpful.
Political correctness can be resumed in three simple words. Respect for others. At least that’s how it used to be. But people, especially the young generations, are taking it too far. Now, almost anything you say that contradicts someone else’s opinion is not politically correct.
You can’t argue that the pay gap between men and women isn’t because of sexism. Feminists will lash out. If you say you love meat, vegans will feel disgusted. So you better not bring up the subject. Don’t talk about religion or politics because someone will feel offended. Everything that’s related to personal beliefs is now taboo.
And it’s only getting worse. Each day new topics become outlawed. Soon enough everything will be taboo. But we’ll be able to talk about the weather. Or not. A climate change denier might feel offended. And then we’ll scratch that off the list as well. But, except for running out of topics to talk about, let’s see how political correctness is ruining the world.
With the recent attention the political world has received, this is a perfect example. People are avoiding to discuss this topic nowadays. It’s not politically correct to express your political views in most environments. No politics at work, no politics with relatives, no politics with anyone. But here’s the catch, not with anyone who has a different view than yours. Take Trump for example. If you are against Trump, it’s perfectly fine to discuss it with someone who thinks the same way as you do. But whatever you do, don’t bring the subject up with someone pro-Trump, it’s inappropriate.
People have come to understand political correctness totally wrong. On the one hand there are those who, in their overzealous way of trying to please everyone, don’t want to say anything that’s against the views of others. On the other hand there are those who, when confronted with a different opinion than theirs, play the political correctness card to avoid discussing the subject.
What this does is to create confirmation bias bubbles. Yes, there’s been a lot of discussion on this topic lately. Each of the things I mentioned above has formed its own bubble. And there are many more out there, most of them amplified by social media (Facebook has a big share of the blame to take on this one), partisan media outlets, and political correctness. People from the same side of the bias come together to feed their own biases. And when opposite sides meet, they avoid talking about their different opinions. It’s not politically correct.
Biases without an open discussion based on facts only get stronger. This is where political correctness messes things up. People are not confronted with opinions that clash with their own beliefs. And when they do, they get offended because it’s not politically correct to have a debate anymore. Let’s not start a debate by expressing a different point of view. And that’s how you divide people.
Instead of creating a medium where people could debate and express their own beliefs in a respectful manner, political correctness has been one of the major catalysts of bubble creation. Without a proper discussion in which different opinions clash and facts are checked against one’s biases, we increase ignorance. Ignorance reinforces biases. Welcome to the loop. Thus, political correctness is ruining the world with each debate we’re not having.
Don’t get me wrong. I fully support a respectful conversation based on mutual respect and fueled by facts and fact checking. But what I don’t tolerate is hiding behind political correctness in order to protect your biases.