This year’s presidential race in the United States was certainly fascinating if nothing else. A hot button topic has been and continues to be “political correctness.”
In one corner, the anti-PC patrol: We’ve become too PC so I am going to say “this” to shock us out of it.
In the other corner: You can’t say something like “that.” I’m offended. You must be a (fill in the blank).
It’s all so exhausting. Wouldn’t it be nice if we went through life with a couple of primary directives:
- Be kind to others.
- Laugh at yourself and let others laugh along with you.
‘Tis the season we see all kinds of posts on Facebook saying we need to put the “Christ” back in “Christmas” or that in order to be respectful we have to say “Happy Holidays” to others – if anything at all.
Being PC certainly has its place, its merits and its abuses. But when it comes to the biggest holidays of a culture or religion’s belief system, it’s time for us all to put a cork in being PC and roll with it.
As long as the greeting or expression is backed with love and wishes for happiness, really, who can take offense to that? To say “Merry Christmas” to someone is no more an indication that the Spanish Inquisition or great purge is about to begin any more than a Hawaiian saying “Aloha” means the island is about to go rogue and, first, take over the country, then the world.
If my Jewish friends want to say “Happy Hanukkah” to me even though I am not Jewish, I’m happy to hear it. If my African American friends want to say “Happy Kwanzaa” to me even though I am Caucasian, I’m honored they think of me.
I’ve been wished a “Happy Diwali” on numerous occasions and am always thankful for it. If my Islamic friends find themselves saying “Happy Muharram” to me, I’ll smile and say “Back at ‘ya, brother.” My Buddhist friends, please feel free to wish me a “Happy Vesak.”
And to my non-secular friends, please feel free to wish me “Happy holidays” or simply “have a good one.”
I am grateful for it all.
And to all of you, with love and wishes for happiness, Merry Christmas!