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A Fine Line - Between Chaos and Creation

Everybody seems to think I'm lazy; I don't mind, I think they're crazy...


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Political Correctness (or, the Collapse of Nations)
I Am Clever
alec_towser
It's my belief that political correctness will eventually be the downfall of society.



I remember when I was younger (wow, that makes me feel old ;P), we (me, my brothers, and our friends) would play tag. And we played it a lot. We never worried about too much, except that others weren't cheating. Now, I'm a person who's good at long-distance running. (Not amazing, mind you, but good enough.) Better than I was at sprinting, anyway.

As such, I was generally one of the people who stayed "It" for longer periods when I was tagged. It was frustrating, yes, but I got over it, managed to catch some poor soul who just happened to not be quite fast enough to evade my reach, and subsequently get out of THEIR tagging range as fast as possible.

Now, they've banned the playing of tag in many American schools because "it creates self-esteem issues among weaker and slower children."

I came across a page discussing this subject completely by accident, but when I read it, my first thought was "People just have to have everything sterilized and 'safe' now - not even an innocent game like Tag is safe." I was annoyed. (I still am.)

Self-esteem issues? Come on, people - let's be serious, here. As I mentioned above, I was one of those 'slower' kids, not necessarily out of weakness or weight, but because sprinting is not my strong point. I had to be "It" for longer periods, but I don't think it's given me "self-esteem" issues. (Unless there's something in my subconscious I don't know about... XD)

Really, though - if you keep padding people's self-esteem, that's not reality at all. There's even rulings in some North American and English schools that teachers aren't allowed to give students failing grades anymore because "...some moron got it into his head that failing a child would be too traumatic and would increase the chance of the child dropping out of school." (Quoted from another blog because I felt she worded it best)

Oh, please. If the kid's slacking off in school, maybe the big 'F' on his assignments or report card'll help him to smarten up. And if the slacker kid who can't be bothered to work knows that he won't fail, what's going to make him try harder? What about the kid who gets straight 98s on his tests? Why should he be motivated to work hard and maintain high grades if he knows the slacker kid who does no work will also pass? It's like Communism - works in theory; not so much in principle.

I just find all of this a little (HA!) ridiculous. Everyone is trying to level the playing field so much, to make things better and fair for little John and Mary, that they're completely setting them up for failure.

RULE NUMBER ONE ABOUT REALITY: Life isn't fair - get used to it. (or in an alternative wording - Life sucks; get a helmet.)

RULE NUMBER TWO ABOUT REALITY: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

RULE NUMBER THREE ABOUT REALITY: Schools may have done away with winners and losers and abolished failing grades, but the rest of the world hasn't. Your boss isn't going to say to you, "Oh, I'm so SORRY you screwed up and cost the company millions of dollars - here, go ahead and try again. Maybe you'll get it right THIS time." No. They'll tell you, in no uncertain terms, "YOU'RE FIRED."

There are many more instances I could cite (most notably the Christmas/Holiday issue), but I won't go into that now.

So here's to political correctness - contributing to the world's demise since the 1990s.

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Ranting.

(Anonymous)
That was a great rant. :-) I agree.

Who is this, if you don't mind my asking?

Re: Ranting.

(Anonymous)
Sorry...didn't even realize I left it anonymous...it's Emily :-)

Ah... okay.

Glad you enjoyed the rant! :D

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