I am thought of by people who know me as being politically incorrect. I say what I mean and mean what I say. But over the years many of my listeners/readers have contacted me about the term politically incorrect being used by people with low values as a shield they hide behind to deflect criticism. I understand the concern of those who wish to keep things civil and to speak out against those who venerate the vulgar. This has come up a lot lately because of an American icon who regularly dishes out the vulgar in the name of being politically incorrect.
I don’t see vulgar language and hateful group stereotyping as politically incorrect. I see those kinds of rhetorical behavior as intellectual laziness of the highest magnitude, especially when it comes from educated people who do not speak that way privately with people they truly respect. When people say truly barbaric things, engage in gutter language toward fellow human beings, and offer the ethically worthless excuse that they are simply being politically incorrect, they are counting on people with similar biases agreeing with their language in the name of freedom of speech. But in this world where you are given the biggest lottery ticket that ever existed, a human brain, you should at some point in your teenage or adult years be able to engage in an honest conversation without sounding like a frustrated child or an angry thug. If you can’t do that, your message is entitled to very little respect. And saying that you’re just being politically incorrect is saying nothing of value to people who are too mature or thoughtful to take seriously your intellectually lazy excuse for gutter language.
Language matters a great deal to me. It reflects my values and principles. It’s never about being politically correct. It’s about being honest and respectful to the people I am speaking with. Thank you as always for offering me your mind, your heart, and your decency. I am honoured to have you reading this and sharing it with the good people you associate with.
Charles Adler can be heard weekdays from 7pm ET – 9pm ET on SiriusXM Canada Talks.