logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Clairvoyance: 08:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g African American Culture Site

BellaOnline's African American Culture Editor

g

Politically Correct Vs. Genuine Conversation


In a world where everyone is becoming so obsessed with being politically correct, when do we just say what it is that’s in our heart and what we are feeling without fear of repercussion? When do we sincerely get the opportunity to speak our mind—not to disrespect or judge or condemn—but to honestly convey what we are thinking without someone accusing us of being insensitive or unknowledgeable?

Too Sensitive

Has the world just become too sensitive? Are we overreacting to most things that years ago would have just sparked interesting conversation, and had been thought provoking? It appears that with the ability for what we say and do to go viral in a matter of minutes, there has been much backlash when people speak their minds and give an insight into who they are and how they think.
It was a life lesson growing up that the only dumb question was the question not asked. In addition, the best way to be informed and to gain knowledge of anything was to inquire and continue to ask and speak about it until you received a clear understanding on the matter.

What’s Off Limits

It would seem, however, that some people feel that there should be certain topics and conversation left to more intimate settings. That, we should not openly discuss what we feel or think without consciously considering the feelings of others, or the possibility of offending a certain group of people. If this logic is followed; then how do we come to an understanding about things we do not know or understand? How does one inform someone of the knowledge they need to make sound decisions?

If someone doesn’t understand a person’s lifestyle, choice, belief, or even political stance—wouldn’t it be wise to inquire so that understanding is gained rather than believing or thinking something in ignorance? Too many people are walking on eggshells, afraid to offend someone or be ridiculed for asking an honest and sincere question. Somewhere along the line, we have become obsessed with saying the right thing and not “hurting” someone’s feeling, that we are forgetting the art of conversation.

The Loss of Personal Conversation

Maybe that’s it! The lack of conversation—face to face—instead of texting, messaging, or emailing. The ability to look a person in the eyes, or hold a hand, or share a drink and a meal over good conversation, allowing one another to learn of the other. It would seem as though, as much as social media and technology has advanced, our ability to connect with one another, and learn from one another have diminished.

For as much as we have advanced in our technological endeavors, we have become emotionally crippled. We can hide behind our screens, behind our gadgets and be who we want, edit what we say, but never really show and be who we truly are. When we find ourselves in social situations from behind all the hardware, we are at a loss for words, and become inept in holding a conversation with fear of saying the wrong thing.

Say What You Mean & Ask What You Want

It is always right to consider the feelings of another, and to not cast judgment on any person. And at the same time, it is right to speak what’s in your heart and on your mind, and ask the questions that will give you understanding and clarity on any given matter.

To grow in this life, we must be willing to learn and to grow in outside of our comfortable bubble. We must be willing to enter into conversations that we may not agree with, but will give us understanding and perhaps even empathy.
It’s time to have real, honest, and uninhibited conversations without fear of being accused of being judgmental, ignorant, or politically incorrect. If we don’t ask, how will we know? If we don’t talk, how will we understand?
Add Politically+Correct+Vs%2E+Genuine+Conversation to Twitter Add Politically+Correct+Vs%2E+Genuine+Conversation to Facebook Add Politically+Correct+Vs%2E+Genuine+Conversation to MySpace Add Politically+Correct+Vs%2E+Genuine+Conversation to Del.icio.us Digg Politically+Correct+Vs%2E+Genuine+Conversation Add Politically+Correct+Vs%2E+Genuine+Conversation to Yahoo My Web Add Politically+Correct+Vs%2E+Genuine+Conversation to Google Bookmarks Add Politically+Correct+Vs%2E+Genuine+Conversation to Stumbleupon Add Politically+Correct+Vs%2E+Genuine+Conversation to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the African American Culture Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Ruthe McDonald. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Ruthe McDonald. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Ruthe McDonald for details.

g


g features
Black Lives Matter

Continuing The Fight For Lives_World AIDS Day

Chocolate Chili Spice Cake

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor