A flat plastic world

political_correctness_a_lurking_poisonLife has many paradoxes, and many of those are caused by a simple principle: whenever you pass over any kind of border, all values become inverted. This is because context has changed, and you are now looking for the antithesis of what defined whatever was on the other side of the border.

The paradox of political correctness is that in the name of including everyone, we exclude everyone, because as we pass the border between the self and society at large, we invert our values and start working against what we want. This fact is obscured because most people do not see political correctness as driven by individuals, but by the group.

In actuality, what makes PC work is that it panders to individuals who fear the judgment of others and thus demand the group make judgment of consequences taboo. What replaces it is judgment of methods, or did you follow the correct process? Whether it turned out well or not is irrelevant.

Unstable, damaged, fearful and low self-esteem people like this because it removes all challenge from life. They don’t need to figure out the right way to do anything because they’re not on the hook for consequences. Instead, what they must do is figure out a reasonable procedure, or claim they were doing one, and they’re OK.

As a result, we ban all words related to difference in position (race, gender) and outcome (class, ability). The problem with this is that it condemns conversation to the surface and vapid one-dimensional plastic space of interaction used by salespeople, school administrators and other euphemism addicts.

By using politeness to obliterate unpleasant or challenging truths — this is the opposite of the original purpose of politeness, which was to allow us to navigate sticky situations without clobbering each other — we make each individual his or her own censor. This is ironic, given that PC is designed to protect the individual.

Some would say it does; a retarded person can now be called some euphemism like “differently abled” instead of a word which points out the obvious developmental delay or dysfunction that makes them dumber than everyone else. But the retarded person must now learn the special terms for every other group out there. It’s a minefield.

This Soviet concept of political correctness also means we cannot disagree with anyone on anything of importance, or they’ll get offended. To political correctness, information itself is a method and methods can be regulated. The idea is to prevent you from reaching certain conclusions through language, and thus to weed them out of the population.

However, offense is in the eye of the beholder, and like any kind of absolute power, it corrupts absolutely. Why strive when you have a get-out-of-jail-free card? Why learn to debate, when you can win a debate by Godwining (or near analogue: shout “racist”) your opponent?

The result is utter vapidity. By avoiding conflict, we’re avoiding meaning and any possibility of actual conflict or change, which is what results from people disagreeing and then hashing it out so that one wins. Having a winner is offensive in the PC world, but it’s how life necessarily works. It’s how math works and Darwinism works.

The mechanism behind PC is the individual deciding to be offended. When they decide information is bad, they claim the method is bad, and use that to imply bad faith on the part of the individual. “He intended to offend me” is the next step after “I’m uncomfortable with that word.”

It makes for a society where no one says anything important. You’re limited to topics you can have with a salesperson. How’s the weather, favorite video game or pop band, sports teams, best place to buy rutabagas (in cans). This even extends to conversation among close friends, because PC has a profit motivation to it.

A profit motivation? Even socialists (cultural Marxists) know what a good thing individual motivation is. The profit motivation is that the person who finds a PC violation in another person is now a hero. They have defended us against the evil oppressive monarchist-fascist fundamentalist rich white people who want to oppress us!

Thus even a private conversation is difficult. If Bill and Bob are talking, and Bob accidentally refers to the pot calling the kettle black, Bill can trot on down to the local Empowerment Center and report Bob. Bill is now the hero. Bob is now a threat, and must be re-educated. And Bill gets Bob’s (former, hahaha) promotion. Justice is done.

Our society staggers ahead like a zombie riot. We are afraid of losing our own places, so we conform. We are also afraid of not gaining a position like Bill did, so we report each other. Reality drifts farther away, as we make our inexorable path to doom. But this is the plastic one-dimensional world that PC creates.

As individuals, who in theory would benefit from PC, we are thrust into a defensive mode. PC threatens us because even innocent comments can destroy us. And so we replace real conversation with a fragile polite surface, and because it’s fragile, get militant about it. Soon we are at odds, alienated from true friendship, in the name of kindness.

The result changes society on every level. Our conversation is vapid, but even more, our values become vapid. We avoid anything that may cause conflict, which freezes our social development as surely as North Korea’s economy. This creates a world of pleasant illusions spoken out loud, but just underneath the veneer, a snarling animal cannibalism.

10 Comments

  1. 1349 says:

    It makes for a society where no one says anything important.

    It could be a drop in a wider flood carrying humans towards an inability to converse at all.
    The plastic society will not last long, for how can it live? Isn’t it just for a period of transition?..

    1. These people are Utopians. They see it as a period of transition to a new state where we’re all genderless, raceless, moneyless, u.s.w. so that we’re all disembodied spirits floating in our Facebook accounts, finally equal even if we never do anything but pay attention to the constant rush of drama.

      1. Utopianism is also apocalyptic, because any step away from the Utopian path is a step toward the opposite, which is presumed to be a horrific end. It’s no wonder these people are so fundamentalist and extremist.

        1. RiverC says:

          It’s worth talking about the concept of Hitsuzen; how the choices you make can narrow future possible choices (sort of like The Godfather) but it takes extensive wisdom to figure out where choices can lead. Idealism, even that which claims ‘gray areas’ in traditional morality, is often more black and white than what’s in the scripture: it flattens everything out as if everyone is always one of the thieves on the cross. I’ve heard the term, “Immanentizing the Eschaton”.

          This is one reason why the forms of Christianity supposedly fighting the ‘culture wars’ against leftism are part of the same thing; many have ideologized Christianity to where all things are universally blessed/condemned. If anyone should doubt this, simply spend some time among the Charismatic movement – there are books extensively documenting ‘spiritual science’ relating to how demonic certain things are and how others are not just okay, but blessed.

          It’s worth noting that our left in the USA is almost universally a perversion of Puritan Christianity. Their framework persists even if all of their values have been inverted. The Puritans faltered not because of an external enemy, but because their own success and prosperity removed the struggle which was the source of their conviction and strength.

          Ironically or not, this looks to also be the case with their bastard children, the progressives, who fail not when they are stopped by someone stronger, but due to the contradictions that their success entails – their whole system of faith is based on being oppressed. When they come into power and prosperity, they have no direction or meaning because they cannot be oppressed if they’re the ones in power.

          But maybe that explains the guilt about white privilege? Manufacture of logically contorted forms of oppression?

          My thought is if you want to experience difficulty, struggle and unfairness, just spend some time with your neighbors! That will satisfy your desire for it right quick.

  2. NotTheDude says:

    This is part of why it is hard to truly befriend many people I find. They want you to fit into their pre concieved ideas about what you should be. Goodness help you if you have a don’t shop for new clothes every fortnight, eat game or dislike most of the rubbish on telly. A friend of mine was even laughed at by his workmates because he cut his own firewood! Many truly have lost touch with reality. As for swede in a can…just shut up! Haha

    1. crow says:

      Rutabaga is swede? I didn’t know that. I have fond memories of swede, mashed up with potatoes, when I was a child in Essex. One of my favourite things, it was. Nomnomnomnom

      1. NotTheDude says:

        Yes we do eat a quite a bit of swede here don’t we? We also love our roast spuds and roast parsnips. Food of the Gods!

        1. It’s a root and tuber festival. Sounds tasty, actually. Parsnips, turnips and radishes make good friends in soups and stews also.

    2. They’re enforcing a norm so they can exclude non-conformists in the name of progress.

    3. Owl says:

      This is why I don’t give a crap about anyone or anything outside my religious affiliation.

      “This creates a world of pleasant illusions spoken out loud, but just underneath the veneer, a snarling animal cannibalism.”

      Individuals I can befriend, but they are diamonds in the rough: the world outside is lost, let it fall. If the world outside is a zombie apocalypse, the nation I *really* belong to is pretty much Minas Tirith. Come at me, Crowdists, in all of your unholy glory!

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