Change your ways, people, not your words, or not only your words.
Consequences, discipline, ’cause and effect,’ these are all words for punishing. If you’re imposing any of these things, you’re punishing . . . and yes, that’s . . . bad.
I am the most politically correct person you’d care to meet, but here’s what’s wrong with so much about PC terms: they’re terms. Words. We have seen words banned, new words for old things, old words disappearing, but the things never seem to. Outlawing the N-word has not ended some peoples’ dislike for black people, racism still exists, albeit in code.
Punishment still abounds, albeit in code. Changing things, though, that is more difficult than changing words. Changing this thing, the world-destroying scourge of punishing, this is going to be harder than memorizing new words for it. It’s going to involve some very heavy lifting, namely:
1. Admitting our parents hurt us to no good end; and
2. Never regaining our sense of personal power by hurting our kids to no good end.
That is some very heavy lifting. No shame in not doing it – just no glory either.