Excerpt from Chapter 8 Political Correctness
If you the reader were offended or disgusted by what you read in Chapter Seven, I can only think of three reasons why that might be so. The first is that some might think that Chinese culture is disgusting. That would hardly be very 'multicultural' and probably indicates that the reader is viewing Chinese culture through the lens of western culture. In China, the bathhouse is a place to bathe whilst from a western perspective perhaps, a bathhouse is where gay men go and spread AIDS. (Not a very politically correct concept). Perhaps one might consider that Chinese culture is OK for the Chinese but not for "us". Not only would this smack of superiority and be politically incorrect to verbalize, but it would I think indicate that the reader thinks that 'we' are far more 'civilized'. Not quite in line with multiculturalism's pride in our western acceptance of other cultures.
The second reason I can see is that perhaps one might infer some homosexual undertone to the story, for as implied in one person's words, it is suspicious for a foreigner to go to a Chinese bathhouse. (All those naked men running around together?) It seemed to be implied that I and other foreigners who use a public bathhouse are homosexuals, which given these politically correct times indicates 'politically incorrect prejudice' on the part of the speaker. As for the Chinese bathhouses, I must point out that they are not just for men but they are gender segregated. I should also point out that not only are Chinese people's minds 'not constantly focused' on sexual matters, but that homosexuality, for all that it has been delisted as a crime, is still not generally acceptable.
The third reason I can think of for being offended by Chapter 7 is that we as a society have become too refined to want to face the more common realities of life. In short, we don't want to know about such things let alone read graphic descriptions of them. And that is fine but it takes me back to the point about not understanding cultures and customs unless you have experienced them. It also goes to the point I made about 'truth' needing to be glossed and colored to be palatable. Edward R. Murrow played by David Strathairn in the movie "Good Night and Good Luck", said that "Historians will find .... Evidence of decadence, escapism and insulation from the realities of the world in which we live. We are currently wealthy, fat, comfortable and complacent. We have an inbuilt allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information. Our mass media reflect this...
Anyone reading this cannot escape noticing that I have a bias against political correctness. Actually I personally believe that fundamentally, political correctness is little more than the Biblical injunction to 'Do unto to others as you would have them do unto you', but that it probably does not include the biblical injunction to 'turn the other cheek'. My beef is not with the basic philosophy of political correctness but with the loud-mouthed, angry, arrogant, interfering, abusive and intolerant 'thought police' who roam through our western societies just waiting for someone to step out of line. Perhaps I am just paranoid, but then again, there is a Jewish proverb which says 'Just because you are paranoid, does not mean that they are not out to get you!'
My personal belief is that political correctness as spun by political activists and the thought police is a lie that conceals itself within a truth ("Political Correctness: Corrupting Democracy" ) I believe that political correctness is an overt attempt to manipulate and control the thoughts, words, actions and beliefs of society, and in its application to multiculturalism, seeks to forcibly destroy our historical cultural norms. Note that I said 'forcibly'! Society changing over time is called natural progression. Forcible destruction of history and culture generally leads to catastrophe as has been experienced by the peoples of China over the last century or two and particularly during the Cultural Revolution.
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2013 Social Commentary Articles
Giving the Finger to Comrade GOOGLE's brand of Communism
By Comrade R.P. BenDedek
August 26, 2013
I have come to the decision that the only thing I can do is take a page out of Comrade Google's 'Little Red Book' and say: 'Screw You!' Comrade Google didn't like the way the Communist Government of China kept changing the rules. Comrade Google would not submit to a 'totalitarian authority'. Comrade Google decided to pull up stakes and leave. Is there a lesson to be learned in that?
Learning to Hate The U.S.A.
by R.P. BenDedek
August 11, 2013
American Education is actively turning young Americans into terrorists. The speaker is Brigitte Gabriel (pseudonym), a Lebanese American journalist, author, and activist. Within the video she produces documents which purport that despite so called separation of State and Church, Islam is being introduced to school children at school, and via injection of big dollars into universities all over the USA, Students are being taught to hate the USA.
Political Islam is full of hypocrisy and lies
by R.P. BenDedek
August 11, 2013
Politicians care only for themselves and nothing for the truth unless it suits their purposes. What they do call truth is usually nothing but lies! The general population - never seem to notice when radicals of all nationalities, religions and persuasions turn to 'ad hominems' rather than to logical debate when someone disagrees with them. The honest man will argue his point honestly. The perverted man ignores the argument and attacks the man (ad hominem) as though truth is not found in discovering and weighing the evidence and facts but in the character and 'Politically Correct Nature' of the person speaking them.
R.P.BenDedek (pseudonym) is the Author of 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran' (http://www.kingscalendar.com ), and is a guest columnist and stand-in Editor at Magic City Morning Star News. He is also the Editor of the 'Writers Journal' at Kingscalendar.com. An Australian, he has been teaching Conversational English in China since 2003.
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