I get told I’m “mean” all the time, just because I say something you DON’T LIKE. There is power in words, I get it. Yes, there are people who intentionally say things that they know will hurt your feelings, but everything that’s said isn’t meant to be mean & hurtful. Sometimes you’re just sensitive and would rather be spoon fed bs so you feel good.
According to a Pew Survey on the topic of political correctness, 59% of Americans believe “too many people are easily offended these days over the language that others use,” while only 39 percent think “people need to be more careful about the language they use to avoid offending people with different backgrounds.”
Political correctness- the avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.
So often times at work and dinner tables certain topics are not to be discussed – politics, religion, and money. Every social setting, be it work, clubs, a circle of friends, all have “rules” and what is acceptable according to them.
These rules start as early as the playground when your mom (or other moms) tell you “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Kids are the most honest people I know! They aren’t thinking (usually) about hurting you, they genuinely tell you what they think.
While I know a lot of people use words to bully and as a defense tactic to feel superior, I also think people have become a lot more sensitive and choose not to hear truths – about themselves because it makes them uncomfortable.