Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Göteborg, Sweden
Re: Down the toliet with being "Politically Correct"
There are two points I'd like to make clear on my behalf.
Number one: common sense when it comes to freedom of speech. Be sensible, ffs. One example of "freedom of speech" gone bat**** insane was the whole Mohammed-charicature deal. Granted, the whole aftermath with violence, death and economical boycotting was way over the top, and two wrongs do not make it right - but if someone is to be blamed, it's the stupidity of those who decided to publish that article, and even moreso when things were so volatile in the region back then!
That being said: I've got a bit of a cantankerous personality which hasn't been an issue with people until I started studying at the uni. I'm almost certain that if I were to let a doctor diagnose our class, half the people would be clinically diagnosed with a stick of their ass. Zero understanding of sacrasm, however mild, no flexibility of personality whatsoever... A minute example: I was sitting next to some girl in class. She was looking towards me, at the door, pretty much EVERYWHERE, a lot. So when she did that once, I turned to her with a sly smile and asked, "Are you spying on me?". With the reaction I got, I could have just as well told her to go **** herself. That's a certifiable stick up the ass.
My final two cents is that people need to stand off a little bit and see what's what with who they're talking about. You don't joke about things like personal faith and death unless you're pretty sure on what the forum's (I'm not talking about internet boards here, I'm talking about the social circles and places you all are parts of) opinion is like concerning the aforementioned topics. People do have feelings.
That being said: grow some bloody skin. The world is harsh, but it's no fine line between fraternal jokes and regular jargon and utter rudeness. There's a big frickin' wall in between the two. People walk around like eggshells for nothing, like they have a reason to be vulnerable and constantly socially depressed. Like I said, grow some skin. I've been bullied, and if there's one good thing to come out of it, it's the ability to clearly tell whether something occurs in fraternal spirit or not, not to mention whether someone's reaction usually depends on excessive fragility or rudeness on behalf of the utterer.