Friday, November 30, 2007

the edge of absurdity



This is my little salon decorated for Christmas. YES Christmas, not winter. Today with the sunday scribblings prompt 'Walk', I'd like to take a walk on the edge. The edge of all this Politically correct crap. When exactly did it happen? When did our society get so overly sensitive and INtolerant of the differences of others? I am so sick of going to my sons "winter" concert and not even hearing Jingle bells. A few years back the band actually played "in the good ol' summertime". Our children should learn about how different cultures celebrate their different holidays. It would be educational and very interesting. To bypass every ones beliefs by throwing the 'seasonal' theme into a celebration is denying our kids the education of diversity. No longer is Halloween a celebration in our district... It's the autumn celebration... No more costumes! That offended a few people! So instead of those few keeping their kids home on October 31st, Our kids give up a much loved tradition, further instituting a spiritless school environment.
Easter and passover are known as our Spring Celebration. Give me a break! Cupcakes for a birthday? ARE YOU CRAZY Man? There is SUGAR in those.... Get a crate of clementines and shove a candle in one! ( No wonder suicide is on the rise)
Now to top it all off we are getting on Santas case! Being Fat and saying Ho-HO-HO is apparently OFFENSIVE! Yeah.... There is an epidemic of obesity with the young because the are all emulating St. Nick. It couldn't be all the fast food in their diets and the sedentary life-style they're leading. It couldn't be cupcake deprival is making them crazy. NO! So, now some PC Morons ( btw... I would LOVE to know who THEY are) are proposing that we have Santa slim down and say HA HA HA! Are you Fucking kidding me? Doesn't anyone respect tradition anymore? When did it happen that more people hear HO HO HO and think of loose women instead of an old fashioned chuckle? Are the loose women out there starting this campaign? If so ... Listen up Mamas... If you're a HO deal with it, Santa means nothing personal. He is trying to be jolly in spite of the deranged community he is condemned to ring his bell in.

I found it interesting recently when my ASIAN nail technician (who speaks broken english and has often asked me for corrections) referred to someone Chinese as Oriental. I smiled and explained to him that now a days that is considered Politically incorrect... The term is Asian, Oriental describes a carpet.
( that was the example someone once gave me) He looked at me like my information was absurd, He replied "but She is from the Orient." I agree with him and doubt it was an Asian that started that whole PC alteration....... Who knows who starts these ridiculous corrections, but we can stop them by becoming more tolerant of each other. Give mankind the benefit of the doubt, don't assume he is trying to insult YOU, maybe he is just doing HIS own thing. I remember part of an expression from my youth... You do your thing and I'll do mine and if we should meet.... ( I can't remember I think groovy may have been the next word, if you remember please tell me) Let's change it to 'You do your thing and I'll do mine and if we should meet up in our community I will respect your beliefs and You mine.'




a closer view shows you my tiny CHRISTMAS tree and CHRISTMAS stocking, I also have a sign saying MERRY CHRISTMAS.

I respect and love my non-christian clients and friends and they respect that I celebrate a different holiday than they do, many Love experiencing that difference with my festive decor, music and treats.

26 comments:

Jo said...

Hear, hear, here's to everyone being allowed to do their own thing.

Ally said...

I think that it comes down to the intent behind the words. Someone with a bad attitude can say "happy holidays" and really mean "f**k you." How is that better than someone who is really kind saying the politically incorrect phrase "merry christmas" and meaning it? I look to the intent-- always.

Devil Mood said...

I completely understand. I don't feel this so much where I live because it isn't such a culture varied place, but I see this happening to people in the UK and the US and totally agree that PC is going too far.
It's important that people learn from past mistakes and try to integrate other cultures in their own, but NOT in a way that disvirtues and ruins everyone's traditions. Our society is evolving but it's fundamental to keep certain traditions alive, it's our cultural heritage.

And what is so wrong about saying Merry Christmas to someone who isn't a christian? It is Christmas on the 25th of December as far as the calendar goes...The person won't be offended!

UL said...

Lucy, I am with you here, I havent celebrated Xmas until I moved to this country but I have been slowly starting to...I just love the holiday spirit...but my friends and neighbours also love to be part of some of the customs we celebrate that they dont...PC is bull, I agree.

Jane said...

What a wonderful space to work in Lucy! I'd definitely drive 4 hours to sit in one of those chairs and catch up with you!

Sorry I've been away for a while...LOTS of changes here and I'm forcing myself to dig out.

paisley said...

well i couldnt agree with you more.. this PC thing is psychotic... and i assure you it isnt the "ho's" that re complaining...

Rob Kistner said...

Your post was very engaging... I enjoyed reading it. ;)

Political correctness is a strange filter we've constructed. Genuine communication needs no filter.

colleen said...

I thought the HO Ho was a joke when I first read it. It's just so anal! Next they will be outlawing Halloween because they think it's demonic.

I love the line about the Clementine with a candle contributing to the rise in teen suicide. And I loved your comment on LL. I often think about what I could do with all the time I spent writing if I stopped. But then I go through an identity crisis just thinking of it. Who would I be?

Herb Urban said...

Strange times we live in when words are treated like weapons, but war is a made for television event. Maybe it we started talking to each other, and not at one another, would could learn to respect our differences without constantly looking for hidden meanings in everything that is said.

giggles said...

Excellent and I agree... . I have no ill intention and welcome those who choose to celebrate other cultural traditions! But please don't take away my carols regarding a " White Christmas!" All my childhood memories are wrapped up in that! Because my parents are deceased, it’s all I have!Please........ I beg.... don't make Santa lose weight, I want to feed him cupcakes and make him mine!

Love and giggles Sherrie

Faith said...

Lucy,

Your Christmas Decorations are beautiful and I love to hear that people enjoy the season so much. It's been a while and I missed my blog and my friends on here so much. I look forward to reading about everything I've missed.

Faith (AKA SpeedyChick)

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sister AE said...

Lucy - no need to step down off that soapbox, at least wait until I stop clapping. Or better yet, can I get up there with you?

Your Christmas decorations are lovely.

Amber said...

Oh, AMEN!! It's a pain in the ass. But it is also SAD. It is sad that we are losing things we may never get back. It is inSANE.
Great vint!

:)

Jane Poe (aka Deborah) said...

You GO girl. Put the fuckin' HO in HOLIDAY!! Loving this piece of editorial brilliance. And yes, your shop looks fab! xx, JP/deb

Awareness said...

Political correctness burns my ASS. I love your editorial Lucy. Right on!

I think we may be seeing things swing back a bit around here. The Christmas concerts (yes, it is called that) have allowed JESUS and the VIRGIN MARY back into the hallowed gymnasiums across the city again......real Carols are sung. Hurray.

There is a better sense of diversity, but also a strong feeling that it's alright to celebrate important days on the Christian calendar too.

I am on a "parent panel" on the local CBC morning radio once a month and we just taped a piece on this very topic....it was a very fun and interesting topic to discuss....will be interesting to hear of any feedback.

Bring on the decorations....will be doing just that today in my home.

Gill said...

Well said!!! I SO agree with you this whole PC thing is getting beyond ridiculous!

Robin said...

I think PC is like zero tolerance - it's gone well beyond reasonable into the realm of the absurd.

Your salon looks very festive.

Crafty Green Poet said...

I agree with you entirely, political correctness gone mad.

Linda said...

A very entertaining rant! Well-written! My best friend is Jewish and we write letters to each other almost everyday and decorate them with stickers. She loves X-mas ones and doesn't feel like she's doing something wrong by using them. I use Hanukkah ones and it's all cool. It doesn't make her any less Jewish and it doesn't make me any less...well, whatever the hell I am. (lapsed catholic)

Lucy for president, I say!

tumblewords said...

Happy shop you have! I totally agree - insanity is being created by the pc group... I hope someday we can look at our samenesses rather than scream about the differences.

spider said...

Cheery decorating, Lucy! Well done!!!

Too many folks are their own worse enemies. I'm particularly disgusted with how Halloween is now viewed in many communities. Makes me very sad for future generations and those kids who have already missed out. THE EXTREMISTS have attempted to take all the fun away...and we are the recipients of their emptiness and politically correct sameness. But no one's going to steal my Halloween or tell me or my family how to celebrate any holiday we want to take part in. Not if I can help it...

~Michelle~ said...

Hear-hear! Yay Lucy! I totally agree with you!

I actually had someone apologize for saying, Merry Christmas, and said, "Oops, I mean Happy Holidays." How twisted is that?

~ Merry Christmas ~

Barone said...

What I said in your post on marriage I must say again here. Keep writing! Do you ever send editorials in to your local paper?
jodi barone

daisies said...

i never understood how celebrating your traditions became insulting to others, the politically correct is out of control for sure ... you have written this out so well honey :)

keith hillman said...

Grrrrrrrrrrrr. Political correctness! It's the curse of our time. It's reaching epidemic proportions in the UK - we have a high profile case in Sudan right now involving an English teacher. Oh - your salon looks really pretty ( is that PC or have I just offended you?)