We live in a society that not only accepts lies and dishonesty, but it also encourages it. We hide behind nice gestures and pleasantries that only mask the true self of anger and confusion that lives deep within us all. We can’t free these feelings or discuss them because if we do, we will be criticized as being insensitive or lacking empathy…all of which makes us only hide deeper in our shells of both insecurity and self-betrayal.
If we can’t speak truth to one another, no matter how honest or ugly the conversation might be, because we would place ourselves in line of being politically incorrect. What is political correctness, you might ask? Currently, it is defined within society as the words we use to cushion our true feelings when we communicate with one another. We can’t say anything that might hurt someone’s feelings.
The media consistently bombards us all with news of how someone has been fired, reprimanded or punished because they refused to practice political correctness. This has led to many people fearing truth because they know that it hurts. If it hurts, it is probably incorrect. This is the new society in which we live.
We teach our children to be honest, yet we lie to one another by failing to tell them how we truly feel. It’s even as bad as people hiding who they support because they are afraid of being outcasted. Take supporters for President Trump, for example. Many African-Americans and White women voted for Trump, yet they run in liberal circles—hiding the fact that they truly agree with his policies and direction.
We even have “tolerance” individuals claiming to support ethnic groups, yet when they aren’t aware that they are being watched, they take action that goes against their words. The Democrats are currently slaying the Trump administration for being insensitive to the children of migrants who are separated from their families. What they don’t tell you is that they were in full support of children being detained under the Obama administration. Our politicians know that “political correctness” is a powerful tool that can be used to manipulate a nation…and so far, it’s working.
If we want to break free of the chains that bind us all, we will need to begin with understanding what it really means to be “correct” without being “political.” In defining all that it means to live a life correctly, we can say that being true to self is the beginning mark for being true to anyone else. If we practice being honest with ourselves about how we feel, what we think, and what we believe—without the influence of politics—we will be well on our way of being correct…for ourselves and others.
It’s time to take the politics out of being correct, and instead, practice being true. It’s the only way to living a life filled with honesty, trust, and love.