Back in 2004, I was invited to be a guest speaker at the Seattle chapter of The Ethical Culture Society, a non-religeous group that lives their lives by a strict code of ethics rather than religious principals. Although I was never an official member of the society, my family attended quite a few meetings that year, and I actually gave two different talks - the following is the first one I did on February first, 2004. I'll post the second one tomorrow.
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The Words and Intentions of a Politically Correct society
David M. H. Workman
When I was growing up, we had two cardinal rules in our house that were mandated by my mother. The first was no gossiping. We were not allowed to say anything negative about someone behind their back. If there was something we didn’t like about someone, we spoke to them about it personally, and in private.
The second wasn’t as much of a rule as a philosophy. It was my mother’s goal to see the elimination of all prejudices worldwide. I was raised with the fundamental principle that it doesn’t matter what someone’s social or financial status is, or what their education, race, heritage, sexual orientation, or gender is – every person on this planet deserves to be treated with courtesy and respect at the very least.
My mother was very serious about More...