SOLO-Youth Op-Ed: The Holidays—But No Rest from Political Correctness

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Mon, 2008-01-07 09:56

SOLO-Youth Op-Ed: The Holidays—But No Rest from Political Correctness!

Callum McPetrie

January 8, 2007

For the workforce and the productive elements of society, normal schedules have resumed now that Christmas and the New Year have been and gone. But New Zealand's children are still at home, away from school until early February. Safe and sound from political correctness until then? Definitely not!

We are bombarded with messages of sunburn, car crashes and general chicanery during this otherwise peaceful time of the year. We hear news of the rate of drowning going up. But is that not to be expected? January and February are the warmest time of the year here in New Zealand. With all these kids out of school for 6-8 weeks, and the proximity of water for most Kiwis, the drowning rate will inevitably go up—kids still like to have fun on the water, which isn't a bad thing. Summer is out there to enjoy, not to fret over. Common sense should be the primary concern here.

More political correctness about the evilness of the summer holiday comes from ads. One ad, for instance (from an organization whose name escapes me), states the obvious that:

"Sunburn early in life may lead to melanoma later in life."

Which is ultimately true, but the ad goes on to say:

"Never let your child go sunburned."

How, exactly? I don't condemn the actions of parents who take measures to keep their child(ren) safe from sunburn (providing it doesn't prevent them from enjoying their summer in the sun). But not even our best SPF 30+ treatments work well enough to protect completely against sunburn, and it's inevitable that a child spending his holiday in the sun will get sunburned now and then. What should we do instead? Keep them locked up indoors to become fat? Then the same crowd will be whingeing and moaning about a problem they started. Sunburn is a fact of summer, I'm afraid. Common sense is of use here, again.

But when all else fails, there's always the fact that we are killing each other on the roads, with all the car crashes around this time of year. Unsurprisingly, as people get away from civilization for peace and quiet, the majority of accidents shifts onto rural highways. As people get away to vacation and to visit friends, family and the like, they use their cars. With all these people on the move, accidents will undoubtedly occur. There have also been accidents caused by tour buses and tourists visiting New Zealand. Once again, it's the summer, the nicest time to visit New Zealand, and it's the time most tourists are here—and who can blame them?

The Summer Holiday should be free of political correctness, as schools are shut down. So, to compensate, we instead hear about drowning, road deaths, sunburn, and about how dangerous summer is to our children. Summer is a time to enjoy life, free from the stresses of work, government and the pace of civilization. New Zealand is a great place to holiday. Of course, accidents will happen and things will go wrong—it's a fact of life. But common sense is severely lacking in today's society, and it's the basic lack of common sense which leads to many ruined holidays. Shroud the people—especially the young—with a cloak of political correctness and perceived safety, and bad things will inevitably occur when it goes away, when it can't help you. The more cautions placed on a potentially dangerous item or activity, the less cautious people will be around it. The best thing about freedom is that it forces people to think on their feet and to be sensible, and to weigh up potential risks from their activities. Take that basic common sense away, replace it with political correctness, and people start dying.

But if we take that cloak away and people are forced to think on their feet, who falsely gets the blame for the lack of ability do to so?


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Quote for the day

Kasper's picture

Cited in Milton Friedman's book "Free to choose" a quote by W. Allen Wallis: "Socialism, although intellectually bankrupt after more than a century of seeing one after another of its arguments for socializing the means of production demolished - now seeks to socialize the results of production". This was written in 1980.
I think what we are seeing here now is the socialization attempt of the consumer. Control over the results of production to fund the looters means control over production itself. 20 years ago capitalists copped the bill for the looters of this country on justifications of "serious" needs. These days property owners cop the bill anytime someone gets so much as mole on their skin or swims out too deep. Nanny state captured and tied the producers, the products and now has its tentacles around the consumer.

Just look at the stupid ultimatum in the NZ herald and radio yesterday regarding Edmond Hilary. It asked what we should do to pay tribute to his life. Public holidays, the airport taxes and donating money to Nepal etc. The immediate assumption that one can just take money off people to support their sentimental wishes.

Regarding Sir Hilary it's obvious what NZ can do. The peaceful man would not have advocated forcing employers to pay for a staff holiday each year to memorize his humble ass or support an extra tax levy at the NZ airport for his Nepal project. If asked, and I could put my money on it, that the best tribute we could have paid to him would be to make a voluntary donation to the Nepal project which was where this mans heart lied.


Richard Goode's picture

One very interesting question would be who do you think is the role model of Helen Clark and John Key?

And one of the rewarding aspects of being Prime Minister is the chance to be a role model to others, particularly to young women looking ahead at their lives and careers...

She says her own role models and mentors have largely been her university professors, such as the late Bob Chapman and Ruth Butterworth... [mentions school history teacher] ..... "Those people have been great models."

Politically, there were fewer women to show the way. Helen says former Norwegian Labour Prime Minister, Gro Harlem Brundtland provided evidence that women could do it. She also followed closely politicians like Tony Blair and Bill Clinton. "There are obviously dissimilarities, there are a lot of common points as well, seeing how they have managed issues."

"Now I am the role model," she says with a smile, "I don't need role models any more."

Interview with Helen Clark, Australian Womens Weekly, July 2005

Sounds like...

Callum McPetrie's picture

That sounds like a good idea, Claudia. If anything good is on the news -an event that doesn't include stabbings (which are awfully common these days), drowning, sharks, court trials or car accidents, it's always right at the end. People dying comes first.

"Socialism may be dead, but its corpse is still rotting up the place." -Ayn Rand

Dead right Callum.

Olivia's picture

I was just saying yesterday to someone how sick I am of hearing on the tv and radio every time someone drowns! Depressing.

My youngest daughter is away with her dad down on the East Coast of the North Island, and I find myself fretting about her - which is unlike me. She is surfing the big rollers pounding that Coast in fiercely hot sun and it also happens to be the location of a recent earthquake! I'm finding it hard to flippin' relax hearing about numerous summer deaths everyday - not to mention being constantly informed about these bloody great sharks cruising our coastlines. Enough to make any mother have an out and out nervous collapse! Eye

I'm not gonna watch the news for at least another week. Smiling

Nice one Callum

Sandi's picture

Yes Ben, its helped along the way by lazy journalism. There was a time when the media was pro-active rather than re-active. If I were a journo, I would love a project to get out & about to a few camp sites and holiday haunts, where I could survey youngsters regarding who are their role models and who do they think are the role models of their parents?
One very interesting question would be who do you think is the role model of Helen Clark and John Key?

If only PC crap

Big Ben's picture

stoped when you left school...If only, still one can dream.

Nice post keep up the good work I hope you put just as much effort into telling you fellow class mates about the vertue of freedom.

I can't stand those bloody "please don't kill your self" adds. Don't drink and drive,don't drink and fry,don't run in flip flops, wear sun block, wear a set belt, wear a helmet, don't hit your wife, don't hit your kids, eat this don't eat that...

It just never stops

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