"I have learned not to trust the language of diplomacy"
--Goh Maset (StarTrek)
Political correctness has its good points. It sensitizes us to be careful of the words we use--not to offend others. However, the detriments can outweigh the benefits. In a world of political correctness, words are not an authentic barometer of what is true and real. Therefore, in such environment, be cautious about trusting words of favor and approval.
There is great virtue in being plain, open and transparent. Political correctness is often a euphemism for varnishing or sugar-coating the truth--sweetened words that lead others to an impression that is false. Crafting words for the sake of social or political expediency leads to equivocation and prevarication--both blood relatives of deception. Beneath the language of diplomacy lies the real truth--the intention of the heart.
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First, commit to telling the truth, but in kindness and considerateness. Second, before you completely trust someone in a business or political setting, get to know his or her heart--spend time with the person, research, test, engage in discussion and observe. The heart is the only authentic read of the true person.
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