Trying to please everyone will get you absolutely nowhere
IF YOU HAVE EVER been in any sort of argument with friends, you will realise the key rule is to hang out with people who agree with you. If they think and have the same mental process as you do, you’re more likely to want to spend time with them as opposed to the ones who don’t share the same opinion. It’s become the argument for censor-lovers who believe that they have the right to decide that it’s prejudiced when the rest of the world doesn’t agree with their opinion. It’s why I can’t seem to get any of Jim Jefferies’ comedy specials on Netflix
(too much swearing) and a bunch of other films are missing. Though Orange is the New Black is fine.
I understand that censorship is a necessary evil in any society, regardless of how open or democratic it is. We all censor ourselves and the world around us to some extent. It’s the extent to which it’s decided by bureaucracy that differs. But when people can write in to a board to demand subjects be taken off open discussion, it skews censorship from a debate about the suitability of content for the public from fact-based to opinion.
We don’t seem to be able to distinguish the difference between rules and personal ethics any more. Last month an open letter to the papers suggested that dress codes be imposed on the public to prevent people from being too casually dressed at places of worship. In case that person hadn’t heard, there are two religious groups in the world that steadily support strict dress codes when in public (three, if you count the Amish).
The Orthodox Jews and Islam both advocate modest dressing. Not that there’s anything wrong with that or its alternative, but for those of us living in democratic societies, we like having a freedom of choice.
Freedom of choice is important because it makes us consider pros and cons before we decide to take a stand on either side. It’s also part of the benefit of living in a democratic society. No one should get to decide how everyone else lives just because they want to live in a particular manner or don’t wish to see or recognise certain aspects of life. If they are concerned with how it may affect them, say their kids, feel then free to control their access. But don’t try to make it a law.
In our attempt to become politically correct, we’ve bent ourselves backward trying to appease everyone and it frustrates the rest of us who don’t feel like we need to be governed and managed like children. We allow interest groups to dictate what is suitable for society, and we bow down to the loudest voices, not the most logical ones. That’s unfair to the rest of the community that doesn’t have an interest to represent. We need to take these atheistic, uninterested parties into consideration.
We allow interest groups to dictate what is suitable for society, and we bow down to the loudest voices, not the most logical ones