A brilliant experiment which summarises how political correctness works to brainwash people.
As social creatures, we’re hardwired to want to conform with our peers. Going against the thought processes of the group is likely to leave us ostracised from the group. In ancient times when we were part of tribes which relied on one another for survival, this was as good as a death sentence and so, was to be avoided at all costs.
As I’ve already mentioned before, we have have come a long way in terms of technology and society but biologically and psychologically, we’re no different than we were in the Stone Age so the need to be part of the group identity is every bit as strong now as it was back then.
Therefore, if the popular thing is to be tolerant of everyone else while putting their interests ahead of your own, you can be sure that everyone will want to appear as the most tolerant person of all, even if doing so goes against their better judgement. I mentioned Sweden in my last post as a place which is most badly effected by Cultural Marxism. It’s easy to see why this is. Despite the alarming problems that are going on there, the Swedish Media constantly portrays Sweden as a progressive country that is setting an example for the rest of the unenlightened world with their suicidal policies. Therefore, the youth of Sweden are brought up believing that unrestricted immigration, the abolition of gender as a concept, and all sorts of sexual perversions is the way forward and anyone who thinks otherwise is a bigot.
In Britain, more decent ordinary people marched in protest when Michael Brown (an American) was killed in self defence by Darren Wilson, than those who marched in protest when the scandal in Rotherham (at least 1400 English girls raped by Muslim immigrants over a 20 year period) came out. The only people who protested against that in great numbers were far right groups.
Why weren’t ordinary people as outraged? Probably because the media didn’t push it as being as outrageous as the former situation. For months we’ve been hearing about how the “innocent child” was gunned down by an evil racist cop, while the media deliberately downplayed the facts about what really happened. People saw the protests about Michael Brown’s death getting such huge coverage and wanted to be a part of that. Meanwhile, the Rotherham situation (a true injustice) is getting less coverage by comparison and so, people don’t feel the need to be part of a group protesting that, even though it is an incident more close to home.
It is however important for me to stress that this concept of group identity doesn’t just apply to political correctness. It can be equally effective on the complete opposite end of the scale. Look at Nazi Germany as the obvious example. It may seem hard to believe now with the benefit of hindsight, but the real reason people didn’t speak out against the regime was not due to fear (like in the Soviet Union), but because the majority of people genuinely felt a sense of belonging in that regime and genuinely loved Hitler because that is what the group identity led them to believe was right.
This is why I think it’s important for us to always put logic and reason over emotion. I myself am no exception to wanting to feel as if I fit in with the group. Even discussing these topics is hard for me because I always worry that people might take them the wrong way and think that I am a bigoted or unenlightened person. At the same time, I know that I have to trust in my gut feeling and have faith that my peers know me well enough to know the kind of person I really am. I hope everyone else is willing to think the same way and look at the facts objectively, rather than simply following the crowd. I do believe that tolerance and understanding is important in a civilised society, but there has to be boundaries somewhere. If we don’t start to draw the line somewhere, it may end up being too late.