PC - Political Correctness
03 March, 2011
PC - Political Correctness

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word as ‘Conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities should be eliminated’.  Political Correctness (PC), as a social term has a latent potential of instigating a serious controversy in any society, more so in Georgia. A paradigm of a certain specific behavior might be perceived as politically correct by part of our community or as politically incorrect by another branch of the same group of people.
The ensuing disagreement

may very well turn into a devastating confrontation between various societal powers, moving the country forward or vice versa, dragging the nation backward. Our everyday life is wrought with examples of surmounting plethora of social transgressions and institutional wrongdoings. And we are compelled to do so because we need to reduce the negative effect of offenses occurring as a result of abusive language, wicked ideas, iniquitous policies and wayward human behavior. The context of unlawful activity might be as disparate and motley as one can imagine – professional, sexual, educational, religious, medical, cultural, political, economic, psychological and intellectual. All of us are usually born into this corrupt and complicated world of ours as pristine as tabula rasa, but it will take just two shakes of a lamb’s tail to acquire as much filth as our body can carry, our mind can grasp and our soul can accommodate. The awareness of PC should also be picked up by the humans as time passes and their life experience tends to augment, but alas, this does not happen often and ubiquitously. Therefore, PC has to be taught as one of our life-time indispensable skills. Otherwise, we will never become politically correct for us to be the righteous interactive members of our society. In its own turn, this will mean that the vicious bias towards the negative will be celebrated and the minimization of wrong social and personal behavior will be rendered abortive. The contemporary Georgian society has myriad issues that need to be publicly or privately discussed and finally made use of to the benefit of its members. In the process of the debate, attitudes are being generated which are not very easy to handle correctly. For making sense of those disputes, we have to be equipped with a sharp logic of political correctness which is not afraid of reasonable clash between ideas and viewpoints. In Georgia, we simply need to first deeply perceive the notion of PC and then to grasp it for practical use. Either listening to or participating in disputes and controversies of various levels and contents, reaching us via media or otherwise, the lack of mastery of PC is clearly observed. We can so easily and callously hurt each other during those discussions that the absence of desire to be politically correct is absolutely obvious. In the modern Western world for example, the sense of PC is very well developed and it is working even among the kids, saying nothing about the adult responsible citizens. PC is a skill and it needs to be taught, nursed and honed all the way from childhood to senility. PC usually works as a prerequisite for moderation which our society clearly lacks. And we cannot easily write this off. It all has to do with our freedoms and responsibilities, with our rights and obligations, and the stereotypes that are engaged in relationships between the active and effective members of our society who will badly suffer if they cannot manage to be politically correct to each other. To conclude, knowing how to be politically correct is a huge merit, and not being aware of it must be a dreadful flaw. Doesn’t this sound plain and healthy?

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