Tag Archives: Political Correctness

Take Responsibility for yourself.

31 May

The disconnect between what people believe to be true about the need for morality today as opposed to what was taught 3/4 of a century ago, is dramatic. Morality is for suckers. Feelings trump facts. No one should be allowed to have hurt feelings. And there need to be safe spaces on campuses so that students IN COLLEGE won’t be traumatized by ideas they don’t like (or understand).

The situation is dire. The nation is careening off a cliff into an abyss, or chaos. What can be done about it? Is anyone listening? One man who is listening is Jordan Peterson. He is being vilified by the Left because of his views even though they do not seem to actually understand what are his real views. The propaganda against him is outrageous but it is good “clickbait”. They say he believes in Mandatory Marriages, and that he is anti-LGBT Q whatever, because he does not believe in GOVERNMENTALLY MANDATED terms for genders.

But he is refreshing to many. He speaks about common sense, accountability, and personal growth. He speaks clearly and slowly enough so that there can be no mistaking what he is saying. And yet people constantly misunderstand him. Why is it the Left hates him? He began life as a Liberal himself. But real life showed him the error of his early thinking. He is very bright and very careful in the way he describes things.

Recently he was vilified for being photographed with a man who was wearing a tee shirt which said: “I am a proud Islamaphobe” and it listed the reasons for this. Perhaps that was a mistake. But it is also illustrative of his belief in free speech. Why should he have to worry about what was on his admirers’ tee shirt? He has challenged the media to find ANY evidence that he has ever said anything against Islam or Muslims. He has never said anything critical about them.

What Peterson is suggesting is that everyone take responsibility for our own actions. Now he has said he will no longer allow people to take his photo with anyone with a tee shirt which says anything at all. That is his way of combating the Political Correctness that has caused this firestorm. But that is sad.

The world seems to have gone mad when it comes to what is allowed and what is not. When words have so much power to terrify people we must examine our methods of teaching people/children which leaves them so vulnerable.

As I have said before, Political Correctness is the most dangerous thing to have happened during my lifetime.

Copyright©. 2019 Bonnie B. Matheson


14 Mar

Charlton Heston was right.

There are so few celebrities left whom I respect. Years ago, there were so many. Perhaps that is part of getting older. Those heroes we once held in awe have grown old and died, or developed “feet of clay.” 

Today, many of the movie heroes of my youth are considered misogynistic bores. Clark Gable, John Wayne, and worst of all, Charlton Heston, all are from a different era. Their beliefs would not fly today.  I think today’s men are often rather soft, something no one would ever say about the three I’ve just mentioned. These men feared nothing physical. And the idea that words could hurt them would have sent them into fits of laughter. Words?

Now, everyone is scared to death to say anything for fear it might offend. This is madness. And worse, it is dangerous to our future. I love the quote attributed to Warren Buffet: “You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing things with logic. True power is restraint. If words control you, that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.”   Whether he actually said this or not, it is great advice.

We simply must begin to have a sense of humor.  It’s important to have a sense of what constitutes a joke or a random opinion, versus what is a threat. If something said is in poor taste or simply goes too far, ignore the author. But don’t have a meltdown. And don’t call the “thought police.” They may come for you, next.

It all reminds me of George Orwell’s famous book, 1984. I read that book when I was twelve years old (because my mother told me that I was too young to read it). https://www.amazon.com/s?k=1984+by+george+orwell&i=stripbooks&crid=2JY1TVE9680VX&sprefix=1984%2Caps%2C120&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_6_4

How much will you give up to be “safe”. And what exactly is meant by “safe”? Would you, indeed, want the government to control every aspect of your life? And if it did, do you suppose you would really be protected from bad things happening to you or your family? Ask a Native American how well that worked out.

EVERYONE should read 1984 and internalize the lessons in it. How much freedom do you want to give up?

Copyright©.  2019 Bonnie B. Matheson


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