Bowing to the secular deity of correct

Bowing to the secular deity of correct

A Story by Lyn Anderson
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an Essay in thought

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Recently, I was accused, on this website, of being both prejudiced and racist. In the first instance, I made a comment to another writer with regard to my own personal experience with Schizophrenia. In the other instance, I wrote a sexy love poem to a former lover, who happened to be Spanish, and who happened to have introduced me to his mother's delicious homemade gazpacho. I have never tasted anything quite the same since.

 

Apparently, we have, as human beings, have reached a point where we are no longer able to describe facts or observations that involve specifics about a particular group of people, without offending someone.

 

Really? I have anxiety, depression, and mild OCD tendencies, I have lived with emotional abuse, and with people suffering from Schizophrenia and Bi-polar disorders. Yet, if I try to talk about it, I may inadvertently offend all mental illness sufferers with my opinion of my own experience.

 

I had a boyfriend from Kenya once. Oh no, I guess I shouldn't talk about that either. And lord  knows (oops, Catholic girl, shouldn't have said that either)  I better pull down the dozen or more poems I have written to my current love, who happens to be Irish. I better root out that old poem I wrote about my Kiwi love too …

 

When we, as human beings, are asked to scrub clean our every thought, our every emotion, our every experience, we lose our souls.

 

There is a difference between being politically aware, not using racial slurs in a hurtful context rather than a conversation about a racist person, and taking the bite out of everything you write for the sake of not wanting to offend others …

 

And on that note, please, if I genuinely offend YOU, as a person, as a human being, and there is a real reason behind it, have the courtesy to please private message me, we will discuss it, and I either will remove or edit my post to reflect that feeling.

 

I will not, however, be bullied into restraining my thought. Besides, my international list of loves is too delicious to censor, and one of the many reasons I find the particular accusation of racism most offensive and untrue.


© 2017 Lyn Anderson



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Lyn Anderson
CAUTION VIDEO IS MATURE/EXPLICIT

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Very well-expressed & well-deserved rant. I love your use of examples & sarcasm which doesn't detract from your overall point of view. It just conveys how impossible this all felt to you at the time. In our country (USA) we have become so full of angst & accusation, it's similarly difficult to express oneself without offense. I completely follow the distinction you're making here. I just wrote a LGBTQ poem that was kinda tongue-in-cheek, but I got a review suggesting I'm insensitive to the LGBTQ community. I guess we must just blaze on, telling our own truths, without giving any emotional energy to the ones who perceive ill in our good intentions.

Posted 6 Months Ago


Lyn Anderson

6 Months Ago

Thanks, I really appreciate the understanding. :)
Like fire, the internet can facilitate either great or horrible things. There are too many examples to count, but the really horrible happening is how it allows people to be really, really mean and disrespectful. I want to say that they'd never act like that in person, but it looks like, for some, at least, their terrible internet behavior is carrying over. And now, there's the Trump effect. (Don't get me started!) I say it's no one's business who you or anyone else decides to court.

Posted 9 Months Ago


Lyn Anderson

9 Months Ago

Thank you, I appreciate it.
I am reading this on just the right day, KL. I posted a cartoon on Facebook the other day with a pharmacist telling a female customer, "your prescription for knowitall has expired, you have to shut up." or something like that. I thought it was cute. I posted it having no one in particular in mind, but certainly we all know people this cartoon could easily apply to. Many people commented that they thought it was cute. However, my nephew commented, "Each post starts with a mirror. You shut up." I replied, "Would you like to elaborate?" When he did not reply, I deleted the entire comment and reply. I private messaged him and asked him what was up. He said I insulted him with that cartoon. I told him it had nothing to do with him and that actually the customer in the pharmacy was a woman. I asked him why he could possibly think it was about him. I did not hear from him and now he has unfriended me and so has his wife. We have reached the boiling point with political correctness and the political divide has made enemies out of family members. I don't get it and I will not sugar coat my humor or plain and simple things I happen to say. So, KL, write what you want...you have never insulted me and I know you never intentionally would. I liked this...empowering. Lydi**

Posted 9 Months Ago


Lyn Anderson

9 Months Ago

So glad you stopped by this piece, Lydia, and so sorry to hear that a family member would somehow th.. read more
Lydia

9 Months Ago

You are right....small minded people. There is an expression in Dutch....if you want to hit a dog, .. read more
Small censorious minds cannot be artists my friend. Small minds cannot reach beyond their own 'correct' opinions. Small minds say oh I've now got a voice and no-one needs to know how small I am because I can remain hidden. So small minds are wrong and you the artist are compassionate and right. Because you wonder about being right.I don't think you could ever be an evangelist for dogma or small behaviour.
Oh and by the way the black dog you suffer from means you could never have a small mind that is always 'right' in a small minded world. And there I talk from my own experience.

Posted 9 Months Ago


Lyn Anderson

9 Months Ago

Much appreciated my friend. Thank you.
A real champion of the soul KL. You will always be loved here!

Regards,
Al

Posted 9 Months Ago


Lyn Anderson

9 Months Ago

No worries, no intention of fleeing the place or anything -- just want people to realise that what t.. read more
i sure do love you KLGoode!! i surely do!

Posted 9 Months Ago


Lyn Anderson

9 Months Ago

Thanks. I like to be loved, but I also appreciate being understood.:)
Einstein Noodle

9 Months Ago

well.... like you say ..that can be a frustrating thing ..i personally, am quite disenchanted by the.. read more
first off, there is NOTHING WRONG with being politically correct, why would anyone want to be politically incorrect....

having said this, there has been a movement of backward people who think that they have the right to be racist, homophobic, etc etc (like Trump's all Mexicans are criminal and rapists)... you know the ones who have "alternative facts"...

and having said this, it is very difficult to not be influenced by the ugliness in modern society and it also something we should all do our best to overcome....

and having said this, KL you are one of the most open and honest person I know and RESPECT and feel confident in saying are NOT racist or prejudice in your views toward people of all flavors and colors and ethnic diversity...

it is an ugly fact of today's world, that political correctness is under attack by very backward and reactionary people and views... and even what PC is, is also hotly debated.... and some people who are very ignorant have the loudest mouths.... even at poetry sites...

redzone

Posted 9 Months Ago


redzone

9 Months Ago

okay, but I hope you do not think I am saying your poem is....
Lyn Anderson

9 Months Ago

What I am saying is that some people go very far off course to be racially sensitive to the point wh.. read more
redzone

9 Months Ago

and I agree with both.. far off course and MY Spanish as a term of endearment... your poem is person.. read more
I must admit. I was hurt when you told me i wasn't the only poet in your life. Apart from that, i'm cool.
Plus, i like offensive poetry. Good catholic girl.


Posted 9 Months Ago


Lyn Anderson

9 Months Ago

ha ha. The offense wasn't even offensive. Thanks. Everyone knows we Catholic Girls are easy.:)
Paul Bell

9 Months Ago

Never a truer word said. She told me. lol
#wellsaid. If we don't have freedom of speech somewhere like here - then we are scr*wed.

I would bet that most people on here write because they had a catalyst of some emotional event(s). If I could cash that bet I would be rich.

The world is better place for diversity and creative writing of all types.

Posted 9 Months Ago


Lyn Anderson

9 Months Ago

Thank you very much for reading and reviewing.
My response is the exact same as Rach's - minus the gay, Maori,Croatian and Kiwi - but totally the same. KL.
:))

Posted 9 Months Ago


Lyn Anderson

9 Months Ago

Thanks. I appreciate it.

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