The world of political correctness is a fantasyland in which mature-appearing adult human beings insist on pretending that words and the realities to which they refer are the same thing so they can remain cloistered little children forever.
To those who suffer from this defect, if something “looks like” a thing it “is” that thing.
When children, half asleep in their bedrooms, “see” a boogeyman standing by the window they react as if what they see “is” a boogeyman.
But they’re children. They haven’t learned the difference.
When some adults, half asleep in their social cocoons, “see” a gun drawn in crayon on a piece of paper by a child they react as if what they see “is” a gun.
But they’re adults. They haven’t learned the difference.
Instead, they have learned “political correctness” and “zero tolerance” where other adults have learned “reality.”
In popular psychology this is called the Peter Pan Syndrome for men who have never grown up, and is reflected in a parallel affliction for women known as the Tinkerbell Effect.
Here is one case study from the mainstream news on these concomitant disorders.
When a deaf boy in Nebraska named Hunter signs his name using S.E.E., or “Signed Exact English,” he uses his hands and fingers in such a way that, at least to some school officials, seems to vaguely have the appearance of a “gun.”
Since they believe in the magical thinking known as Political Correctness they saw a real gun and threatened to expel him unless he changes his name or changes his “hand signature.”
Fortunately, an outpouring of protest from actual adult people in the community made them back off.
But now their Zero Tolerance stance may require him to disavow S.E.E and start using “American Sign Language” (ASL) since it is apparently gun-free.
Other examples of Anal Retentiveness, also known in scholarly circles as “Hardcore Control-Freak Complex,” can be identified simply by reading news headlines:
- Father arrested, strip-searched after 4-year-old draws ‘man with gun’
- TSA airport screeners stop teen with handgun design on pocketbook
- Atlanta Symphony rejects two HS choruses owing to lack of ‘diversity’
- Rhode Island high school removes married couple from student’s mural
- NJ boy suspended from school because Muslim girl overheard him say “Taliban”
- 11-year-old saves baby bird’s life, gets fined $535 (Update)
Libertarians, like other rational people, are hopeful that a cure can be found soon.
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