Originally posted by darkbake
So I will start by posting a conversation I am having on Facebook at the moment.
Me: Does anyone else besides me feel like they have to dumb themselves down to avoid offending people? This doesn't seem to be an issue of being smart, because it could apply to anything involving conversation.
Buck: like, what do you mean?
Griff: Offending people isn't the end of the world, darkbake. Just remember, it's their problem. But keeping an open mind never hurts either.
Me: That's a great question Brando - I'm wondering if it is just me personally. I find that when I am hanging out with someone I am always afraid to open up with them because I think they might find it offensive. It occurs in a lot of different situations, and could be hindering friendships / relationships for all I know. And I like your advice, Griff.
Cousin: I've been experiencing this most of the time I've been in Fresno, I'm so glad not be alone on this one!
Conservative Friend: When I was in Ireland I had a Danish friend who once asked me why Americans apologize for everything and why we're so afraid to offend anyone. I studied in Germany and Ireland and found people to be so much more straightforward with their opinions. I think Americans take political correctness to a point where people are afraid to say what they really think.
Liberal Friend: It could be the fear of liability and lawsuit that drives Americans to go to great lengths to be nonoffensive.
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I don't know if anyone else out there has noticed this, but liberals are very totalitarian when it comes to forcing people to have one view, and one only - theirs.
It goes so far as to fire people for the political beliefs. And with the current polarized political system, people in conservative zones might be afraid to think liberal thoughts.
This is BULL#.
People need to be free to speak whatever the hell they want to say, because that is an important part of processing information. Even if you don't agree with something, you should be free to talk about it, in order to process it, and understand both sides of an issue.
By ignoring important issues, not only are you keeping yourself from understanding the other viewpoint, but you are keeping yourself from understanding your OWN viewpoint
THIS ISN'T ALL - if everyone goes around afraid to talk to each other, we are all going to end up a bunch of idiots who never had the chance to learn how to socialize, connect to people or understand EITHER of the two political parties because ALL WE ARE DOING ARE BEING MIMICS.edit on 23-11-2012 by darkbake because: (no reason given)
I would have to agree with you whole heartedly, I myself, have told my bosses to never ask me a question, if you don't want to hear the answer, because, I will not say what you want to hear. I think the whole political correctness bull$hit, is just that...[snip]. I've had people shove there opinions down my throat all my life, I usually will not give mine unless the issues affect me directly. Then, I have people mad at me, Do I care, HELL NO. I hope this thread does good. It needs to.
edit on 23-11-2012 by Kandinsky because: Circumventing censors