The term “politically correct” was not in use during the life of Alice A. Bailey, so, of course, there were no statements for or against this rather insane movement almost exclusively from the Left.
To figure out what DK would say if he spoke in the present on such a topic we need to merely examine what political correctness entails and then examine what he said about such things.
The main ingredient of political correctness is the attempt to avoid hurt feelings. The whole politically correct movement revolves around, not the intent of the speaker, but the words and phrases he uses. It is interesting that a few decades ago the offensive words to say were swear words and some related to sexual slang. Then the Left came along and demanded the freedom to use any guttural words they desired in public or private, in the movies, in performances and speeches etc. In this process they portrayed those who wanted more refined speech as puritanical, judgmental, intolerant and desirous of undue censorship.
Now the Left has pretty much achieved its goal. They are free to tell sexual jokes and use the four-letter-words quite liberally wherever they go or perform with seldom a word raised in judgment or criticism.
This previous demand they have had for free speech, even if it is offensive to many, makes them seem hypocritical in now taking the position of demanding their version of correct speech. The strange thing is that many of their demands for changes in speech output concerns words and phrases that create little offense.
After all, what sounds most offensive: Hearing an announcer on TV giving the score on a “Redskin’s” game or turning to HBO and hearing “Fuck You” every few seconds?
The Left says fuck you is fine, but we need to be sensitive to offending people and not identify a football team as “Redskins,” even though polls show that 90% of Native Americans are fine with it.
What else do they not want us to say to avoid hurting sensitive feelings that may exist in the ethers? Here are just a few:
Handicapped person is now called physically challenged.
Instead of midget we are supposed to say, Little People.
Criminal – Replaced by behaviorally challenged
Failure – Replaced by Deferred Success
Fat – Replaced by Enlarged physical condition
Foreign Food – Replaced by Ethnic Cuisine
Founding Fathers – Too Sexist. Instead, use The Founders
Garbage Man – Replaced by Sanitation Engineer
The list is endless but we’ll end with this ridiculous one:
Girlfriend/Wife – Replaced by Unpaid sex worker
I think my wife would give me a piece of her mind if I introduced her to friends as an unpaid sex worker.
African Americans had a case in desiring more respectful words being used toward them, especially since the N-word is associated with slavery, but most of these other words are just indicative of hypersensitivity of a few people.
And DK did say a few things about being oversensitive and allowing one’s feelings to be hurt with trivia.
To disciples he said:
And a forgetfulness of self which would rule out all moods and feelings, all personality desires, resentments, grievances and all pettiness in your relations with your fellowmen. On the physical plane, it would mean the conditioning of all active, outer living so that the whole of life becomes one focussed active service.
Discipleship in the New Age: Vol I, Page 99
I’d say that anyone who has a grievance over hearing George Washington called a “Founding Father” has a problem with the “pettiness” of which DK speaks.
He further said
The feelings and moods are potent and exhausting and from them, my brother, come much of your physical discomfort. Deal with them not by struggling but by substitution of other interests, ignoring them and treating them with indifference till they die of lack of attention and of a slow attrition. You pay too much attention to the non-essentials.
Discipleship in the New Age: Vol I, Page 494
If anything is “non-essential” relating to mood it is being offended at politically incorrect speech that is of little consequence.
To a fledgling disciple he said:
I am not interested in your personal relations where they concern your wrong personality sensitivity to depression, to self-pity, your defenses, your so-called sensitivity to slights, to misunderstandings, your dislike of your environing conditions, your hurt pride and qualities of this kind.
Discipleship in the New Age: Vol I, Page 47
The political incorrectness of today is indeed “sensitivity to slights” that he says should just be ignored and die though lack of attention.
Anyone who has read DK’s works should be aware of the dangers of astralism and wrong personality focus on offense over trivial matters.
What is really wrong headed is when some take offense when no offense is intended. No offense should be taken if someone uses a politically incorrect word with no malice intended.
Jesus must have had problems with the political correct speech of his day. He offended so many people that he was led to say:
“Blessed is he who is not offended in me.” Matt 11:6
If anyone deserves to be offended over words it is DK himself for many of his students have been altering his words when they quote him in order to make him sound more politically correct. Even the Great Invocation has been altered. Unfortunately, some alterations have resulted in a change of meaning or an inferior presentation of his thought.
So here we have one more issue where DK would surely side with he political right over the Left. He would tell his readers of today the same thing he told past disciples and which the Right today says to the Left: “Don’t be so thin skinned over such small things and concentrate on what really matters. Do not place symbolism over substance.”
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