The Two Dangerous Words That Are Killing Our Creativity and Innovation…

The Two Dangerous Words That Are Killing Our Creativity and Innovation…

I’m writing a new novel and I’m scared. My fingers are pounding the keyboard but they shiver. Not because of the writing venture itself, which is better than sex, but because of the two most harmful words known to the English language:

Political Correctness.

As I write thousands of words everyday, my mind chatter gets in the way, scaring me shitless:

Can I write about this? Can I use a character like that? Can I make that statement? Can I criticize this ideology without facing danger?

Questions no real artist and storyteller should ever ask himself, unless he lives in North Korea or a similar regime. But unfortunately, the West has become so pussy-fied, everything is offensive to someone out there. Whatever you write about, or don’t write about, can be used against you.
You’re guilty unless proven innocent:

 

  • Write a book without including the right minorities? You’re a racist.Have only male protagonists? Must be your misogyny seeping through.
  • Mix your work with ‘foreign’ influences? You appropriating other cultures and should STOP.
  • Do you create art that dares to go against the mainstream, hive-mind thinking? Dig yourself a grave, you despicable being.

 

Seriously, everything you write and create must be politically correct or else your work will bashed by the mainstream media and banned from the markets. Worse, you, as the sole creator, will be threatened by narcissist, self-righteous radicals who only allow art that resembles their worldview.

The reason for political correctness? Apologists defend this censorship of free, artistic expression with ‘being respectful’ and keeping everyone’s feelings safe.
Funny thing is, that’s the same statement Nazis and Communists used before they killed millions of innocent people.
“We’re not censoring, we’re making our world more harmonious.”

Well, you can’t spell harmony without harm.

Today, feelings seem to be more important than facts. Every work can be banned or derided if it hurts someone else’s feelings, and that’s the surest way to rob our future of artistic creation and innovation. Have you noticed that countries that forbid freedom of expression never innovate?

You can’t create something new if you aren’t allowed to be wrong, or better, dare to think different. Every iconic comic character, video game, novel, movie or technology has been created by passionate individuals who thought differently and summoned the courage to follow the unusual path.

 

  • Einstein created the relativity theory even though his peers thought he was crazy. It is often said he only married to not look like an outsider in society.
  • Steve Jobs wanted to bring art into the computer realm and taught an entire generation to appreciate style where grayness prevailed
  • Legendary artist and painter Francisco De Goya criticized war and the government in his paintings, facing imprisonment and even death from the reigning Monarchy
  • The French satirists of Charlie Hebdo dared to criticize Islam via cartoons and got gunned down for it–and that in a free, Western country. The result? Apologists defend the murder of the innocent artists and writers by claiming they were too insensitive, i.e.too politically incorrect.

 

Our so-called modern world is going backwards. Instead of becoming more liberal, everything is becoming regressive. I’ll add a decade, and we’ll achieve similar
restricted speech as we did in the European medieval ages. Artists and writers, especially in fantastic genres, should be encouraged to write about ‘dangerous ideas’, instead of holding back to not offend anyone. But that’s what’s happening right now–content creators are walking on extra-crisp, ultra-fragile egg shells.

The danger of political correctness? Our (art)work becomes so bland, it slides into irrelevance. Worse, the works of fiction become propaganda of the status quo, enforcing the hive-mind thinking of the mainstream, instead of questioning it. That’s the surest way of creating a dumb public that doesn’t dare to speak up.

Not too long ago, I read the sci-fi classic ‘Starship Troopers’, which is about a fascist military regime where soldiers are treated as first class citizen with all the power, while civilians act as the bottom-feeders. Coming from the sixties, this is a compelling read that dares to make us think, but many of today don’t see it like that.

I checked the reviews on Goodreads and found lots of ‘triggered’ narcissists, complaining about the book’s military propaganda and the lack of strong female characters.
Some said the novel should even be banned for its outdated views, wow.

Nazi book burning here we come.

Isn’t that what great (art) work achieves besides entertaining us–it make us think.

conclusion

There is a quote, often attributed to George Orwell:
“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”

I think the same is true for content creation. It’s telling a story that someone else does not dare to tell, everything else is enforcing the status quo.
As for me, I’m working hard on fighting the fear of political correctness. I’ll write the words that I deem as truthful, not caring about what the strong resistance of the mainstream public deems correct.

How do you personally fight (self)censorship of your works, or do you fight it all?

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  • nickmendez

    This is really terrible and bad and I hope for your sake you eventually come to realize that.

    • http://www.marsdorian.com/ Mars Dorian

      Free artistic expression is bad?

      • nickmendez

        You’re mixing up being prosecuted/locked up/censored/killed with being called an asshole.

        • http://www.marsdorian.com/ Mars Dorian

          But who gets to decide who the asshole is? Remember, offense is taken, never given.

  • Elizabeth Jo Otto

    Way to go Mars. Not sure I agree with your point on harmony & harm, but it is interesting, thought provoking which is ALWAYS good. I enjoy reading your words because they are so thought provoking.

    You’re right about what ever one writes or says someone will be offended. That’s their problem. Until all of humankind has raised their consciousness to understand that we each walk our own unique path that’s and as long as your not taking away another’s basic human rights, it’s all good -we don’t have to have the same outlook/values in life. This is coexisting in peace with all creatures.

    I’m going to speak & write my mind in my words -those who get offended know where the “door” is -don’t let it hit you in the ass on the way out!

    • http://www.marsdorian.com/ Mars Dorian

      Hey Elizabeth, awesome that this message to you. To be honest, I was sweating a bit when I was penning these words. Even though I despise PC, it’s part of my environment, and there’s always that pesky little voice in the back of your mind that tells you: don’t do this. Which obviously goes against my idea of creating art, which should always free of boundaries. I assume this struggle will always go on and probably even get worse…still, I want to leave the world a bit different with my art, so I’m pushing against those (imagined) boundaries.

      • Elizabeth Jo Otto

        Mars, you’re right that little voice from society will always be there. We just have to fight it. It will, like you said, most likely get worse as we continue to speak & create out.

        As we act, speak, create authentically to our true selves, it will get more & more uncomfortable to give into the pc voice and easier each time to tell that voice; “Fuck off! This is the right thing to do/say/whatever.”

        If you’d like to connect for support I can be found on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/elizabethjootto

        Bless~ed Be!

  • mrobertm61

    I too despise PC. We are becoming a homogeneous, bland yogurt of frightened little infidels afraid to tell a blonde joke.

  • http://garaughty.com/ marti garaughty

    Nothing like controversy to generate attention!

  • slrcson

    I very much agree with what Mr. Dorian is writing. Never in a thousand years, as a young person growing up in the 50’s and 60’s did I imagine that we would see this insanity called ” political correctness”. My thoughts were write what you want in whatever genre and if some don’t care for it, so what? With the complete sellout of our values by these entirely corrupt politicians, it makes me sick to my stomach. Power hungry fools! Thank God for the entry of Donald Trump into the fray this election year. Yes I know some who read this will attack me with all kind of vitriol but I see him as a man who can save the SOUL of America!Of course he is not perfect! But he has proven to the world that he is successful in business and can provide jobs. If the Witch of the East is elected America will be gone forever!!

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