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Fri Jan 22, 2016, 01:44 PM

Duhhh. . . ."political correctness" = basic civility


Prior to current sound biting jingoism in our short attention span culture, "political correctness" was commonly known as "basic civility.”

I would guess that uncivilized behavior would be inclusive of bullying & abusive verbal assaults.

It truly dehumanizes us all.

Perhaps in these times, it might be wise to focus on & encourage the evolution of human nature, not the perpetual predictable yawn fest of its degradation.

More than most overcome throwing stones & calling names by the time they graduate from the sandbox.

Just sayin'

“nam myoho renge kyo”

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Reply Duhhh. . . ."political correctness" = basic civility (Original post)
stellanoir Jan 2016 OP
KT2000 Jan 2016 #1
stellanoir Jan 2016 #2
cali Jan 2016 #3
stellanoir Jan 2016 #5
TM99 Jan 2016 #4
stellanoir Jan 2016 #6
TM99 Jan 2016 #7
stellanoir Jan 2016 #8

Response to stellanoir (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2016, 01:50 PM

1. yes - respect and consideration

go a long way to making a livable society. It is sad what is happening now.

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Response to KT2000 (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 22, 2016, 01:58 PM

2. yeah for sure

"Respect and consideration" *are* wholly inherent to civility.

There are many who truly believe similarly, that compassion, & empathy, & integrity will expedite our evolution.

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Response to stellanoir (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2016, 02:00 PM

3. Not always.

 

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Response to cali (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 22, 2016, 02:06 PM

5. Welp

Plenty of cultures prided themselves as being "civilized" and lauded it over gentle indigenous they deemed as "barbaric" in order to exploit them.

Yet perhaps what I'm trying to allude to as civil behavior is basic human decency & the golden rule.

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Response to stellanoir (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2016, 02:03 PM

4. Not entirely true.

 

Basic civility and empathic communication is a two way street.

If one sides attempts to 'control the language' then it is anything but.

Calling me, a PoC, a 'nigger' is one thing. But telling white people that if they use the phrase 'peanut gallery' then they are being racist is quite another.

The first is about bigotry and it must be resolved with empathy and civility. The second is about the person doing the lecturing. As a PoC, I am not offended by a hundred year old idiom that really isn't about racism. But the person doing the lecturing gets an ego stroke and that is anything but civil or empathic. That is entirely about them and not about me or us.

There really is a difference.

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Response to TM99 (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 22, 2016, 02:35 PM

6. Wow !!!

I had no clue whatsoever that "peanut gallery" was derogatory to anyone other than incessant hecklers in an audience.

Wrongly thought that it applied to those who observe critically but never participate, as in armchair quarterbacks or people who do annoyingly loud commentaries in theaters.

Thank you for bringing that to my attention.

Of course interaction is always a two way street.

Maybe we could elevate the dialogue by honoring all perspectives without responding in kind (or unkind).

I've found that humor is often a phenomenal neutralizer when it's not at anyone's expense. It's unquestionably easier to access in some situations than others though.

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Response to stellanoir (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 22, 2016, 02:39 PM

7. Things can get out of hand

 

when we try to force others to be civil or to have empathy.

It is just not possible. It takes two way communication and transformation of the I - Object relationship into the I - Thou for it to occur.

And yes, an entire video by some know nothing on MTV opined that 'peanut gallery' and several other idioms were racist.

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Response to TM99 (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 22, 2016, 04:51 PM

8. Forcing anything is invariably counterproductive.

Inspiring through embodiment is far more creative.

Shadowy projections do abound amongst those who are without introspection.

One could probably read racial slurs into many inane things.

Such ridiculousness.

We are all of one race after all.

Maybe it might have been "nutz" along with the non discriminatory sprinkling of "jerks"

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