The picture of the Christmas tree caught my eye, and then I read on. I have a year round Christmas tree in my home for several reasons. One reason is that I disagree with the concept of Christmas, and, generally dislike all holidays in general. It’s a sort of silent protest that points to the pagan roots (pun intended) of the tree tradition, without using any words to upset the Christmas-happy individual. I choose my battles carefully. In this case, I simply do not speak and just let people think I’m a general weirdo with an unhealthy attachment to her undecorated tree.

~Marlies Vonn’s thoughts on “Political Correctness” blog

Cynthia Reyes

There is such power in a single act of kindness.

And so much potential when we try to understand.

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Why do we use the term ‘political correctness’?

First used in Soviet Russia in the early 20th century – to describe behaviours that toed the Communist party line — it’s morphed into a Western insult.

blog-photo-christmas-2012From reading comments made online and in print articles, and talking to a few friends, I gather it’s a term used by members of any powerful/majority group (e.g. Whites, Christians, Able-bodied, Male, Non-Immigrant, etc.). But it goes beyond those groups.

I also gather that the term gets used when we are about to say something unkind, or pass on a negative generalization about a member or members of a group.

And it’s also used to decry behaviours that we consider too polite, too considerate of others.

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Can there be such a thing as being…

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