Politically correct

The expression “politically correct”was born in the 70s; it focused on the type of language to use to secure the respect for all the people belonging to minorities.

The intention was excellent, but, as we know, every good idea, sooner or later, will lead to the emergence of negative behaviors. To cite the English writer Chesterton: “you have to draw your swords to show that leaves are green in summer”.

Nowadays, we must necessarily modify our language to respect all these minorities. But the problem is another: so, do we really need not to use words such as “he” or “she” because we don’t include people that don’t identify with any genders? So, do we really need to substitute “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays” because not everyone is Christian?

Society will become hypocritical with these conditions; we have passed from the will to promote tolerance and acceptance of diversity to an unfair world. It’s useless to modify our language when civil rights remain the same; we must defend stereotyped ideals without changing forms of social interaction.

The most criticized role is the one in comics. They ridicule everyone to make people laugh. They aren’t offensive, but there are always people that don’t understand irony and denounce that humor as a total discrimination of human rights.

In the end, I want to mention Oscar Wilde who says: “The world has always laughed at its own tragedies, and this is the only way it has been able to endure them”.

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Autore:

Alberto Messina

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IV BSA
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