We have recently published two feature articles about political correctness (PC). The first is an in-depth, highly informative review of career possibilities associated with politically correct/incorrect issues in education, politics, and industry (written by my friend and colleague Bill Dembski). The second is a self-assessment test to determine how PC you are on a scale from 0 to 40 (from very un-PC to very PC). Here are the links to these features:
- 12 Controversial Research Topics (with Resources) to Help You Get Started
- Political Correctness Inventory
Tests like the Political Correctness Inventory are mainly just fun, but they also have a serious point. By reflecting on your answers to the questions, you may occasionally be made uncomfortable, but you'll also be driven to think more carefully about what you really believe on these important issues. That's always a good thing.
We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. --George Orwell
These two articles raise some important questions about political correctness, a phenomenon that is one of the most prominent features of American culture today.
You might remember bumper stickers that used to appear everywhere a while back: the ones that read "WWJD?" For those of you under 30---or who were vacationing on a desert island during the past several decades---that means: "What Would Jesus Do?" Not a bad question to ask yourself when trying to decide on a difficult course of action, whatever your religious convictions happen to be.
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. --George Orwell
Nowadays a similar acronym is worth calling to mind whenever some fashionable phrase makes someone's political opinion sound like the only view any decent, civilized person could possibly hold.
Those letters are: "WWOS?" They stand for: "What would Orwell Say?" It is always a good idea to ask yourself this question when confronted with some fashionable and tendentious cliché---even if you don't happen to agree with Orwell's politics.
Why? Because Orwell was the most unfailingly honest political writer in the English language (any language?). And because he invariably put the truth---as he saw it---above all considerations of ideology, tactics, or party loyalty. Man of the left though he was, Orwell was the very opposite of PC.
Which is why Orwell's writings are such a tonic against pretense and hypocrisy---of whatever political persuasion---and why it does one's soul good to read him.
Simply because truth nourishes the soul and lies destroy it.
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. --George Orwell