I never said that I'm "an unadulterated original that has never felt forced to conform". I said "I don't feel forced to conform" and "I haven't since high school (more likely early college though)". First, I wouldn't call myself original because there a lot of people like me. Second, I said, "I don't". I didn't say, "I never" which you decided to distort my words into. So yes the argument that you imagined I made would be disingenuous and unrealistic so it's a good thing I didn't make it.
And again, I never said that I don't conform. In fact, I said that I do conform when I choose to do so.There are too many examples of social interaction that usually include some form of coerced conformity it's called compromise. From school, military, employment to dating we all give in sometimes with few if any exceptions.
/waiting to see if you'll actually address my words instead of distorting them
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
If they don't say the words, they make that choice. If they want to say the words, but feel as though they will be outcasts for doing so thus abstain form using those words, then they are just cowards.I guarantee very few if any openly say the bigoted words that were acceptable or rarely challenged in my youth (way back). Women were barefooted, pregnant, in the kitchen and didn't mess in men's business and most minorities were addressed with racial slurs.
If they conformed despite their desire to not conform because non-conformity had consequences they didn't like, then they are cowards who chose to act like cowards. Simple as that.It was a dominant Caucasian, male society and they all conformed since the 70's or ended up in fights on a daily basis or lost their jobs.
If they chose to conform because they figured conformity was superior to non-conformity and have no problem with their choice to conform, then they again,m made th echoice to conform.
Nobody forced them to do anything in either scenario.
Even if they lost their job by their non-conformity, that would simply be their employers' exercising their rights.
Choices have consequences.
So you chose to conform. What's the problem? Are you regretting your choice?I don't say certain words simply because I don't want a bunch of crap or problems over it. And truthfully I try to be socially polite to a certain point because I appreciate it in return.
You choose to conform or you choose to not conform. Nobody forces anyone to conform. That's just victim-mentality nonsense.Though I agree about one thing you can control the amount you "conform" mentally by avoiding and not addressing the issues that the PC crowd are so sensitive too. I do not talk about the things that make people "touchy" not because I don't agree but because it's annoyingly unimportant IMO.
You are not being "politically correct" unless you are making an effort to not offend, IMO. Otherwise you are just correct.
The alternative to being politically correct is being an asshole (or ignorant). I know which I would rather be.
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...and I am not sure what you meant by the part from "except" on...