by Jay Gondolfo
The “thought police” and overly-sensitive people: we all know them, we all can’t stand them, but we all just can’t seem to avoid them. The ability to offend people is as old as our species itself. If it wasn’t some taboo culturally, religiously, or politically, then it was just people who took themselves way too seriously and had to let EVERYONE know just how displeased they were with someone or something.
Here in the U.S. of A, we have a document called the Bill of Rights specifically written to protect us from these whiny, sniveling douchebags, and to make sure they can’t use the law to: A) kill us B) put us in prison C) take money from us with the help of a government gun. Sadly, that document protecting us has failed miserably. Thanks to the manipulation of lawyers and the uninformed masses, we are all but forced to watch what we say or how we say it. Even gestures can be considered “offensive” to some.
The sensitivity racket is so huge in the modern world that even fortune 500 companies make it mandatory to give “Sensitivity and Diversity seminars.” In an article done by the Washington Post in 2008, a study shows that businesses annually spend between $200 million and $300 million a year on sensitivity, or “diversity” training alone. And how effective is this training you may ask? According to CBS who also reported on this study in May 2012: A study of 829 companies over 31 years showed that diversity training had “no positive effects in the average workplace.” Millions of dollars a year were spent on the training that resulted in, well, nothing. Attitudes – and the diversity of the organizations – remained the same.
It gets worse. The researchers – Frank Dobbin of Harvard, Alexandra Kalev of Berkeley, and Erin Kelly of the University of Minnesota – concluded that, “In firms where training is mandatory or emphasizes the threat of lawsuits, training actually has negative effects on management diversity.”
I can personally back this statement up from my own experience in the US Coast Guard. I served in the USCG for 6 years. During that time I was forced to take these ridiculous training courses that were so irrational and insulting to our intelligence that it was unbelievable that someone actually had to courage to pass these videos and seminar programs as legitamate and realistic training tools. And this forced indoctrination training did have a negative impact on morale. Every single year I was in service, I was stopped from doing my job for a day to sit behind a computer screen, watch a cartoon that looked like PG rated hentai anime telling me I can’t fondle females at the workplace, I can’t make fun of or not promote minorities based on them being minorities, and I can’t tell jokes that strayed too far from the safety of a “knock-knock” joke (Yeah, because I woke up every morning with the intention of sexually assaulting any and all females I saw all while scheming about how I can keep minorities from advancing in rank and making racist slurs at every person who wasn’t my skin color… Just to ruin their day…). I worked and lived with people who were from every background, we all got along, we ALL made race jokes, gender jokes, and any other sick minded jokes we could come up with. And guess what? Nobody was offended, nobody tried to sue the Coast Guard. We were all grown men and women who were pretty much a family. The only people who did get offended were ALWAYS the untrustworthy self glorifying types and the trouble makers who would use the “I’m offended, gender/sexual harassment, or race” card to get them out of a sticky mess that they had created for themselves. The other people were the commissioned officers, because they feared for their jobs every second of every day. So while they really weren’t “offended,” they were just shitting bricks hoping that nobody else was offended and made formal complaints that could wreck their careers.
So knowing that this training doesn’t work, why do companies spend so much money on these illogical and ridiculous training programs? The answer is simple. Companies spend this ludicrous amount of money on this garbage for legal damage control. Sadly this expensive, yet necessary legal tactic is to prevent some overly sensitive loser with a good lawyer from accusing the entire company of being an organized cabal committing “crimes against feelings” and therefore suing the company itself and tying it up in nonsense legal battles that can last months or even years. Now to play Devil’s advocate here, there are definitely times when people at the workplace step out of line. I lived it, and I’m sure just about everyone else has too, but where does a valid and logical grievance cross the line of being ridiculous. My line is crossed when abuse comes into play. If I am physically in danger, or someone with authoritative power over me is using that power in a way that is illegal or malicious on a constant basis, then I see no problem making an issue about it. However, if someone calls me a name out of frustration, or says something I don’t like but had no ill intent towards me personally, how is it acceptable that I or anyone has a right to wreck someone’s livelihood because someone simply said something? How sad and corrupt is that? Because of people in general not having the courage to tell others to grow up when they are acting like a child, our entire society of hundreds of millions of people had to conform to the ways of spoiled childlike adults who throw hissy fits if you say something that upsets their tummies.
Personally, I have never been one to care about feelings when making an honest statement. I behave myself accordingly to whatever situation I am in. I act kindly to others because I chose to be kind to others, not because I live in fear of saying something wrong. I also feel that if I say something that bothers someone so badly that they can’t come to me personally and tell me what I may have done, but instead go behind my back and tell someone who can either hold my job and livelihood over my head or ridicule me for it, then that person doesn’t deserve one brain molecule of thought worrying about if I will say something that bothers them.
And that’s that. Live free, live without fear, and say whatever the fuck you want to say because you, as one of my favorite podcast hosts Adam Kokesh says, “You are a free, independent, and beautiful human being” and nobody has a right to tell you how to be you.
Author: Jay Gondolfo is 6 year Coast Guard veteran who has a love for personal freedom, esoteric/occult studies, offensive and intellectual comedy, and music.
Contact Jay at firstname.lastname@example.org