Political Correctness on Crack
Since going on my trip to the Philippines, I got a brutal lesson in how PC (Politically Correct) the world has gotten. I travel to leave my safety net and learn about the world around me, both good and bad. I’m sorry, but sitting in front of a TV watching the history channel isn’t the only way I want to learn. I want to walk in the footsteps of history, close my eyes, and bring myself back to that time.
I travel and share my “raw” experiences, feelings, and any other random things I learn from travelers and locals alike, as honestly as I can. My thoughts are my opinions and when I try to inform, it is based from external sources. Because I choose to write about my experiences and thoughts, I am left vulnerable to criticism. Do I have a problem with criticism? No. I welcome other people’s opinions delivered in a constructive adult manner. My story is just based of the path that I’m walking through a vast possibility of experiences. My thoughts and opinions are constantly evolving as I walk forward and how I may feel at the beginning of my story may be very different when I create my final thoughts.
Social Media Hysteria
The reason for this blog post is because of multiple Facebook posts about my trip that were hijacked by an individual stating I’m a, ‘privileged arrogant douchebag backpacker, cruising the lands of inferior brown people with my white superiority,’ just for writing or stating my thoughts or feelings through my blog and/or social media about how my trip is going and describing my environment. This was from someone I thought was a friend. (By the way, these actions are considered cyber bullying and should never be tolerated.) Apparently, my opinions about my surroundings and the feelings I tried to communicate about these moments were considered offensive. It even went as far as hijacking a new friends Facebook post that I was linked too. I, nor my new friends, were in no way trying to degrade any race of people. I meet people from all races, creeds, religions, and skin color that also backpack the world for the same reasons I do, to experience how people live and create new experiences in our lives. Making statements, like the one I have already stated, is uncalled for on so many levels.
Is there a divide in how people live all over the world, between rich and poor? Absolutely. As I sit here and write, CNN is reporting that the top 62 richest people have as much wealth as half the world, or 3.5 billion people. (These stark differences can be seen in any community you walk through in the world, from America to Liberia. I don’t look down on those with less than me nor will I sugarcoat these problems when I see it in my writing, regardless of the location. If anything, it makes me wonder what we can do as a human race to improve the living conditions of people. Visiting countries and just scrapping the surface a bit on how other people live is a huge education to me and I hope to share what I learn with those who care to read.
My Final Thoughts
With the use of social media as a tool to communicate with the world or just friends and family, we do need to think twice before posting something we may not be able to take back. Also, there is no reason to write derogatory statements on anyones social media platform. If you are on Facebook, even if you aren’t rich, you are probably doing better than the 20% of the world living on less than$1.90 a day, 71% that lives on less than $10 a day, or the 40% of the world without Internet access. Social media has become an easy outlet to bash people for sharing opinions. I’m not perfect and we all see the world through different lenses. I’m not going to stop sharing both the positive and negative experiences I have, regardless of the country I’m in. I’m just a random guy walking down a street I don’t know for the first time doing my best to understand what is going on around me.