4.10.2004 kl. 04:34
Who would have thought things would come to this? I'm sitting in my bed reading Ludwig Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus while the other people in Watson hall are playing some loud and stupid game in the hallway. Damned ruckus!

The Canadians are politically correct to the extreme, just like their neighbour in the South. I was admonished the other day for referring to something as "retarded". "You might offend somone who has a handicapped relative" was what I was told.

All right! The line shall be drawn here. I will not stop saying that things are retarded. Since when has it been a good thing to be retarded? It's from French and it means "slow" or "late". It's a negative word and I'm using it in a negative context. So what?

This paranoid fear of offending people makes me sick. Don't the expounders of political correctness realize that if their doctrines are taken to their logical conclusions, we will eventually be unable to say anything. I might go up to someone and say that I loved dairy products, only to find out that the person's father drowned in a great pot of milk and that I just aroused horrible, horrible memories and grievously offended the person in question. Yes, the example is ridiculous, but it should get my point across: once you start limiting people's vocabulary, you'll soon have some sort of Orwellian Newspeak nonsense in place. As if changing out words made hatred and intolerance go away...