I’ve started to write a Blog about my experiences as business owner, called Small Business Talk. To complement the business blog, I’ve decided to write a blog about political topics. This blog I have called Political Views.
Before I start to write about different topics I feel the current society is facing I want to point out that the thoughts are my own. They should be used as discussion point, even if they may extreme. Without a discussion the society will not change and everything, including circumstances, policies, and assumptions will be staying as they are. No change means going backwards.
In this first blog of the series I want to point out that to be offended by what you read is your choice. To offend someone is not a physical harm; no one is threatened or humiliated. The offended person chooses to be offended in the first place.
Growing up in the East part of Germany, the GDR and living in Germany I became used to the modern constitution. Looking through history, I have to say, it was a good thing that Germany lost the World War II. It alloyed the Allied occupation to implement the latest ideas about a state and his constitution. Only after living in another country I realised that fact. I’m quoting my favourite article from the German Constitution
Article 2 of the German Constitution states:
(1) Jeder hat das Recht auf die freie Entfaltung seiner Persönlichkeit, soweit er nicht die Rechte anderer verletzt und nicht gegen die verfassungsmäßige Ordnung oder das Sittengesetz verstößt.
Everyone has the right of a free development of the individual, as far as it does not violate the rights of others and does not violate the constitutional order or the moral law.
Closing the circle following this article I have the right to express my thoughts as long I do not violate laws, the constitutional order nor moral law.
To be offended does not fall in any of those three.
As I concluded, to be offended is an issue the offended person has. Why did the society start using political correctness, then? Political correctness has nothing to do with diplomacy. It is just not saying as things really are with the purpose not to offend the opposite party. However, if the result is not talking about those topics or naming things as they are, how can we start a discussion about exactly those topics? Does this mean we just do not talk about them? That will result in nothing, in no change whatsoever.
I propose that the society needs overcome the current habit to use political correctness to avoid offending other parties. Topics need to be discussed and talked about it, of course following the restrictions put in place by the article 2 of the German Constitution.