Murder of the mind

Updated: Jul 1

(Following is an old column originally published May 22, 2014 in Marianas Variety News and Views. )

WARNING: This column can be offensive sometimes. I may hurt your feelings. Oh, you already know? Call me insensitive but I like to speak — err, write — my mind because I am a relic from the bygone age when people didn’t face persecution for calling things by their right names. That’s beside the fact that I am an arrogant “know-it-all”—to quote one of the only five readers of this column.

Political correctness has since caught on, sometimes allowing to ignorance to rule. Nowadays, no one would dare use the word “niggard” after a 1999 controversy involving David Howard, an aide to former Washington D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams. Howard took the heat for using the word “niggardly” in reference to a budget. His detractors, without bothering to look it up, misinterpreted it as a racial slur and lodged a complaint.

Political correctness is an infectious social virus that causes a disease of the brains. It mutes free speech and censors free thought. This virus has mutated into a new form, called “trigger warning,” threatening to cause an outbreak in American colleges.

“Trigger warning” is a national student movement that seeks to treat literature the same way the governments mandate that cigarette ads must come with a surgeon general’s warning.

Trigger warnings are advisories designed to warn people about the possibly offensive or trauma-triggering content of reading material or a video, thus giving them a chance to log off or turn the pages.