I don’t like Donald Trump.
That being said, let’s just skip past the ranting monologue enumerating his many evils and, instead, focus on the eye-opening phenomenon of people loving that he “says what he thinks.”
Of even more concern to me is that many support him because he says what they think, but are too afraid to say themselves.
Because it’s politically incorrect.
I really wonder if we aren’t missing the bigger problem here.
Rather than being so focused on what someone may or may not say that will presumably cause offense, the more important question is:
Why do they want to say it in the first place? Why do they think these thoughts about others?
And just as significant,
Why is everyone so quick to be offended by something a stranger may say or do?
Knowing that political correctness and thought police would fit right in with the adversary’s plan and not the one we chose to support, we’d be right to bristle at the mere thought.
But that doesn’t mean that our thoughts shouldn’t be policed.
We just need to police our own, and not those of others.
Yep, you guessed it. Look out, there’s a new sheriff in that crazy, spinning, metropolis that never sleeps which we affectionately call GREGtown.
Don’t forget that you too, are the only one who can deputize your own mind law enforcement.
Why do I want to say hurtful things in the first place? Why do I think these thoughts about others?
Why am I so quick to be offended by something a stranger may say or do?
But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not.
The worry here isn’t about whether or not we are politically correct; it’s about whether or not we are humbly correct in observing the commandments of God.
Right down to what we think.
Before you think I’m up on my own pedestal and declaring I only have kind thoughts, don’t worry. Nick easily knocks it out from under me each time I yell at Donald Trump via TV news.
I wonder if it won’t take me an eternity to put my own private thought police out of work.
Probably you too.
But I know a good place to start.
Or at least put up a speed trap to begin to slow things down.
Baby steps, right?
The point is that I know I have been taught correct principles and, beyond any legislation or mob stampede or fear of ostracism, the true responsibility lies within me to govern my own actions, words, and yes, even thoughts.
I know that for me having the right motivation and understanding always helps me be more successful in accomplishing my goals.
Honesty about why I would say or think hurtful things as well as what personal guilt may tempt me to take offense is the best way to start to take back control from whomever I may have granted temporary custody.
Perhaps you, as well, should take a closer look at what is motivating your thoughts, words and actions over this battle of political correctness.
Focusing on humble correctness will pretty much eliminate the spotlight on political correctness.