We walked into our usual wine bar at the usual time to find, unusually, Sid (Buddha to everyone else) already there, devouring a bowl of rice pudding and looking like the cat that had cream on its rice pudding too!
“This looks Om-inous, rice pudding means an enlightenment has occurred, what have you been up to my lord Buddha” said Dr C.
“Yes grasshopper, a great big enlightenment about political correctness as it turns out, please sit down and I’ll explain. I’ve ordered a Badoit Rouge for you and for Dr B a bottle of Domaine Dauvissat, Chablis Grand Cru, Les Clos”
“OK you’ve got our attention”
“Last week we discussed PC with our friend Voltaire and I was intrigued by the whole concept. It seems to be a widely spread phenomenon on a global scale, but is it supported, applied, reinforced universally and fairly by all parts of the political spectrum?”
“My null hypothesis is that it isn’t, so I decided that a dose of empiricism was needed and conducted an experiment”
“Basically I wound up my young protege, Kundun, and …..”
“You WHAT! You wound up the Dalai Lama ……. to do what?” we both said
“Calm down you two, it was very simple. He was speaking at a conference in Sweden last week, a country inside the EU and which has a fair degree of turmoil regarding the levels of immigration. A few days before, they’d had a general election in which their right wing party had significantly increased its share of the vote. These are the people who are accused of racism and fascism because they want to reduce immigration, repatriate many who are now safe, and kick out the illegals. There are similar sentiments all over Europe, but if you speak up about it you are branded, hounded by the press and left wing political activists, and certainly prevented from speaking at public meetings, often violently.”
“Now imagine this; if Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Geert Wilders, Matteo Salvini said that Europe was for Europeans and that migrants should go home to rebuild their own countries, what would happen?”
“Fairly obvious Sid, major media headlines, condemnation from everyone including the Pope and Jeremy Corbyn, massive Street protests …. need we say more?”
“Precisely, political correctness decrees that such speech is a hate crime, has no place in society, the person speaking it should be prosecuted, drummed out of office, horsewhipped, and denounced on Twitter, Facebook etc etc”
“So my experiment involved asking Kundun (Dalai Lama) to say those things at his conference in Sweden then to observe objectively the reaction, because surely he would be condemned out of hand.”
“Here’s what happened at the conference…………”
The Dalai Lama has told a press conference in Sweden that “Europe belongs to the Europeans”, asserting that refugees should be repatriated so they can rebuild their homelands. He said:
Receive them, help them, educate them… but ultimately they should develop their own country”
“I think Europe belongs to the Europeans,” he added, stressing that countries like Germany and Sweden should make clear that refugees must “return to their homelands and rebuild them”.
“Bloody hell Sid, you crafty sod. Has he gone into hiding, I don’t recall reading about this anywhere at all? Surely he’s been censured somehow?
“That is entirely my point my dear Two Doctors, he hasn’t, but here are some factual reports first, the first is in Swedish but the second is in English.
“Now, I defy you to find this ANYWHERE on the BBC website to take one example. Don’t waste your time, because you won’t find any report about the head of the Buddhist religion speaking out like this. So, my null hypothesis is proven, that PC is not administered universally and fairly, the left wing Marxist end of the political spectrum dare not take on Kundun even though he speaks what many others think but are afraid to say.”
“Well done Sid, can I get you another round of that rice pudding?”
“Certainly not, enough political correctness for today, I’ll have a glass of that Dauvissat, Om!”
Newsflash: Since writing this post an article in the London Evening Standard has reported that a senior Metropolitan Police officer has been placed on “restricted duties” after being reported for a remark he made during a presentation. The officer is part of the Met. Anti Corruption Squad told his officers that they must be “whiter than white” in their own behaviour to be an effective member of the squad! Eh? Are you effing serious ….. that phrase means “being above suspicion and morally beyond reproach” as stated in the Collins English Dictionary.
This is NOT funny any more!
Whitewash, white list, whiteboard, blacklist, blackball, blackboard, red herring, red handed, ……….
Categories: Philosophy & Psychology