Is Political Correctness a Success Thief?
Political Correctness, in my humble opinion, is a HUGE Success thief.
Political Correctness is a majority opinion that looks first at simple things you agree with and then creates absolutes that take thought and care to disagree with.
Political Correctness feeds the SHOULD Thief.
Political Correctness is the THEY that say “you should…” just because they say you should.
Can you see how Political Correctness might limit your choices?
Political Correctness sets those bars that often stop people from thinking on their own. After all if they say, then obviously that is right.
Positive Discrimination can shine a light on something that only had a limited problem and blown it out of proportion to the size of the problem thus fulfilling the concernPolitical Correctness creates sacred cows. Common sense says certain things are true but what Political Correctness does is make shine a light and set new “rules” around a situation that may or may not have been a problem
The following examples are here for you consideration and comment:
- The New Zealand anti-smacking law was brought in to stop deaths and violence against children. However the Ministry of Social Welfare reports that since 2006 there has been an increase in extreme violence against children. And worse several parents have been charged for smacking a child in public. We all agree smacking is bad, right. But what is the difference between beating a child and smacking their hand or bum to get their attention or make a point?
- The New Zealand anti-smoking lobby began over 20 years ago. In the last 10 or so years it has become illegal to smoke in bars, restaurants, office buildings and many other public spaces. Are you aware of the statistics around lung cancer then and now? Could the increase be due more to the number of vehicles on the road or worse as one study I saw a few years ago said, the rate of smoking related deaths was equivalent to the rate women were wearing panyhose. How absurd?
- Then there is the attitude around drugs to treat cancer. Why are some drugs readily acceptable while others that have only anecdotal evidence are rejected? And can anyone tell me why with over 50 years of cancer research and billions of dollars invested, cancer rates keep increasing? (As an aside, I know from personal experience that one can land up on the records as a cancer survivor if you have a non-cancerous lump removed)
And then there is this absurd example: In New Zealand we have a company who rents cheap vehicles and the PC brigade wants to put them out of business.
Why, you ask?
Because of the slogans on their vans.
Yes, many of their slogans are disgusting but…some people like them while others HATE them. Hate them to the point of criminal charges, reporting them to Advertising Standards Authorities in Australia. In New Zealand, camping grounds are refusing them entry but…
Why did they start this campaign? Why paint their vans with “crudity”?
Because to stand out from all the other rental options, they wanted to be controversial.
Think of the marketing awareness they are getting because media reports something when ever someone “important” comments. Think of what is happening on Social media. Could you pay for that kind of awareness?
It almost reminds me of the Donald Trump campaign for President. Say the obvious. Talk about the issues in a controversial way that a lot of people agree with and the next thing you know people believe in you and start taking everything you say seriously.
Donald Trump is not anti political correctness I think that he wants to change the controllers of Political Correctness. He wants to give voice to another set of people who will reset the absolutes, the shoulds and the musts.
What can you do?
- First be aware of what is happening.
- Listen for the shoulds.
- Decide if you agree and why you think the way you do.
- Then acknowledge what is happening, accept the difference, appreciate the lesson and opinion and decide a course of action that will ensure you stay in control of your success.
Looking forward to your comments