A student was sitting next to me in a café and asked me to look at a question. It was a sentence, and you had to find a word that was incorrect. I thought they all were incorrect as if you put the capitalized version of each answer into the sentence, they all were wrong except the world “Chairman.”
‘I say answer C – chairman is wrong.”
She smiled and said, “wow you got it right!” and then showed me the answer. It had nothing to do with grammar, rather, “Chairman” is a term that promotes sexual and gender discrimination. I must have looked funny with the blank stare in my eyes. I think I muttered, “what happened to simple common sense?”
I think the world is breaking apart into further and further stratification of like-minded groups, tribes, mindsets – whatever you wish to call them. Each group is somehow trying to differentiate itself from the others and in some way perhaps trying to think it is somehow better or more unique than everyone else. As for the “why?” of this behavior, you could spend your life trying to understand it and probably never come up with all the reasons or answers.
In the gym the other day, a black man seemed shocked that I said hello. While this is not entirely abnormal in parts of the USA, it always shocks me in that there is indeed all sorts of racial, religious, political, and economic stratification in the social status. It isn’t anything like the caste system, but for a country that is comprised of people from everywhere else, you would think we might wise up and realize we are all mere humans.
That is what I mentioned to the man in the gym, “I really don’t care what the exterior of anyone anymore. we are all human beings, and I am tired of living In a world that tries to differentiate someone being more important or better than another.”
when I said that, I am too sure if I am gaining some wisdom finally, or I am nuts for thinking a bit differently in this world that is giving tests to college students where the wrong answer is “chairman” is somehow politically incorrect for a nursing school test.
wouldn’t it be more comfortable and more straightforward if we all treated merely each other as human beings, regardless of titles and monikers?”