Words are the most powerful thing we possess. Humans are so fearful of guns, bombs, terrorists and anything else which will bring about mass destruction. The sad commentary on life is our words destroy more than anything else.
Words are those weapons which have the ability, just like any munition, to strike pain and fear into individuals, leaving lifelong wounds. Those wounds, when left to heal on their own, sometimes cause greater pain and anguish to the victim.
The world is so concerned about how we use words in today’s society. The political correctness brigade is constantly scanning all sources of media, hoping to find someone who may have incorrectly used a word, whether intentionally or unintentionally. The Politically Correct Police will almost lie in wait for a well-intended public speaker or writer to slip and use words or symbols, which they feel are “wrong”.
Most people, if not truly all people, want to be heard. Our hearts cry out in anguish over situations. We want our feelings to be known. We want to be included in the discussion of injustice or in the occurrence where we believe, with all our hearts, an injustice has been committed.
For some, the cries of our heart and lack of understanding of how to express our discontent, turn to violence. In our country’s most recent past, we have seen thousands of individuals take over the streets “voicing” their discontent. This is their First Amendment right. No one should ever take this privilege away. News programs enlist guests to share their opinions and ideas. This is sometimes in the form of group “discussions”, which leave viewers in a position of wanting to throw their televisions out the windows. Yet, because of our forefathers and the Constitution, we are allowed to say some of the stupidest things conceived in the mind of man, with absolute freedom.
Some will consider these ludicrous comments politically correct, because they fit their personal narrative. Others will scream political incorrectness and grind away on the individual who shared their opinion, long enough for the statement to be retracted or modified.
Political correctness is really only strapped to conservatives. It is our Scarlett Letter of sorts. One small step outside the realm of political correctness and you become a survey on social media, testing people’s support of your statement.
What if we approached people’s words with a Moral Correctness (MC) litmus test, instead of a Political Correctness or PC standard? In today’s political environment, if a racial or religious description of a person is used, chaos erupts across the nation. Our focus on whatever the true problem was, which sparked the semantic conversation is lost and redirected to unintended issues. If a citizens’ belief or statement is not “in-line”, it will be twisted, thus becoming political. It is a moral obligation to maintain peace and harmony on both sides of issues, no matter what their skin color, religious belief, etc.
The discontent in America today should not be hijacked by those who continually put a political tag or moniker on every word spoken.
Today’s societal uneasiness cannot be legislated and therefore, should not be politicized. This discontentment is a heart issue. Not that one group of people should feel marginalized or pushed down, but no one should even be working of this platform in today’s society. As long as people believe in their hearts that the majority of an “opposite” group is against them, it won’t matter what anyone does to try and resolve whatever issues truly exist. There will be no explanation or reconciliation until any and all of us purify our own hearts. If we have animosity of any fashion in our hearts, we can’t hear the world around us.
Trying to be open to others and truly hear their hearts, without being aware of our own heart problems is a trap. Much like asking someone “Have you stopped cheating on your taxes?” If someone never has cheated on their taxes, it doesn’t matter how they answer, they are trapped. They are trapped because the person asking the question has a state of mind about them which is a fixed mindset. That is a heart issue.
Will we all agree 100% of the time? NEVER! But we won’t ever be able sit at the table and discuss serious issues together, until we stop trying to kill each other with rhetoric. This type of problem comes from our soul.
“But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.” Matthew 15:18 (NIV)
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45 (NIV)
We can’t clean up our mouths until we clean up our hearts.