What makes highly opinionated people who say it as it is, refuse to be politically correct,
are sharpshooters, & no-nonsense seem to be & are most times threatening to the status quo who prefer people to be more politically correct in terms of discussions & opinions? Why are highly opinionated people considered to be "lacking in tact" when in fact, they are really telling the truth about a situation? Why are some people so easily offended at anything said to them especially during a discussion.They seem to enjoy being highly offended at people who are more straightforward in approach. They want everything to be sugarcoated in addition to be mollycoddled.
I was just thinking about this a few days and here's my answer: highly opinionated people, who tell things as they are, are often said to be lacking in tact because the latter group (those who prefer things to be sugarcoated) is not bold, blunt or brave enough to say the same thing (even though they might agree with the former deep down inside).
In my opinion, sugarcoat-ers are afraid of what others think of themselves while highly opinionated people aren't and that shows.
THAT is why, while one group CAN afford to make a point, logically, and without offending anyone, the other CANNOT.
"We still do not know where the urge for truth comes from; for as yet we have heard only of the obligation imposed by society that it should exist: to be truthful means using the customary metaphors - in moral terms, the obligation to lie according to fixed convention, to lie herd-like in a style obligatory for all..."
The whole world is PC...we can insult each other, insult certain sects of people freely, insult certain religions without end....it's the ones you can't speak of...those hold the power. And--THAT has always been the case.
Very few leave the herd.
Back in Germany in the 1930s to be politically correct you naturally thought of Jews and Gypsies as being lesser people. You also considered Communism such a threat that Communists should be rounded up and put in camps with other troublemakers. You were also against trade unionists and had spelled out for you the divine mission of the Third Reich. If you were a child at school you sang about Adolf Hitler being the savior of the German people and there might even be a poster of him in armor like some white knight with a funny mow that you of course didn't think was funny at all. You would be part of the Hitler Youth and, among other things, get to spy on adults to make sure they were correct in terms of politics - even your own parents.
George Orwell spelled it out in 1984 and Animal Farm what can befall people and animals who blindly go along with what is the political correctness of the times. Let those in charge think for you and not for yourself. That is always the politically correct way. You dismiss words because they are too blunt and substitute words less blunt? Are you really sugarcoating or trying to hide something?
Highly opinionated people who do not tow the party line tend to be accused of being tactless because that is what they are and I love them for it. Sometimes the only way to wake up people suckered into political correctness is to be as direct as possible.
The French publication under scrutiny at present pushed the line many other publications would not push. So why is the Pope against this publication if he is obviously not a Muslim and has no real connection to the killers? Well, the people at Charlie did put out an issue that sent up the fact that there are Catholic Priests doing the wrong thing when it comes to children. Shocking? Yes. But in Australia, the USA and Ireland there have been and still are such priests. The cartoon I saw was definitely politically incorrect but all the better for that.
yeah--but they also fired a guy for being"anti-semitic".They are pushing an agenda.
They meaning Charlie. Okay MAYBE they are pushing an agenda. It seems that lovemychris is doing a little thinking there. Not very politically correct of him or her. Congrats lovemychris.
You can be opinionated and tactful. Highly opinionated is not the same as right, and the willingness to bulldoze those around you because you believe you are right is not proof of your being correct, it is an arrogant and self-centered attitude. And you can certainly have more than one highly opinionated person in a room, both absolutely certain that not only are they right but they have the right to make sure everyone else agrees with them. That's called chaos.
I was about to say pretty much the exact same thing as Chris Neal.
Sometimes (probably the vast majority of the time) opinionated people are expressing their OPINIONS and not TRUTH. I'm a big advocate for straightforwardness when it comes to telling the truth, but if you're sharing your opinion, especially on a topic where there are passionate people who hold opposite opinions, I think it's callous and unnecessary to not employ tact.
I think people lose sight of the fact that other people can come to different conclusions on a variety of topics without being wrong or deserving to have their ideas/beliefs/opinions insulted or belittled.
I hate the idea that being PC means being stifled or having no freedom to express your opinions. All it means is that you should find a way to express your opinions in a way that isn't going to offend an ENTIRE GROUP of people. Why is that so hard? It's not sugarcoating, it's being a respectful human being.
You don't have to tip-toe around making sure you don't offend anybody. Just try to make sure you don't offend everyone.
I've seen comments on here that I look at and say "well, I wouldn't be surprised if every single Christian/Muslim/atheist who reads that comment is offended by it" and I don't see the point in making those comments. Some things just need to be phrased better. Some things don't need to be expressed at all.
In my opinion, the people who absolutely refuse to be tactful are either insecure or arrogant. If you think that your opinion is so important that you need to poop all over an entire group of people then you need a reality check.
(It might be worth noting that I'm referring to very subjective topics like religion, politics, etc. Someone else brought up Jews, communists, etc. - when it comes to basic human rights I think it's a whole different ballgame.)
Being insecure in an insecure world sounds a bit like a reality check to me. When you have the present day Pope basically saying violence is okay it is definitely 'Check please!' time. Respect is earned or should be. Not given away.
Really? You think that you don't have to respect people until they earn it from you? Huh.
by Schandee Decker3 years ago
Is anyone else sick of the words "politically correct"?Who thought this up, a politician and why are so many people going along with it. We keep changing in America to accommodate more people we don't need....
by collegedad3 years ago
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by dejajolie8 years ago
I am all for being careful not to offend anyone but as someone who is not easily offended, it's hard for me to understand those who get offended over such things:Use to say ...
by aka-dj4 years ago
I dislike PC.It stifles free speech, and free thought.It turns people agains each other, through altered forms of communication, and creates confusion through altering the meaning of words, and phrases.What are your...
by nightwork47 years ago
is being politicaly correct counter-productive?is there a need for honesty versus being politicaly correct . not rude but saying what you really think.
by qwark7 years ago
Why are we "Americans" so damned sensitive about the way something is verbally expressed?Why not tell it like it is!?
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