In the UK the BBC has decided to drop referring to years as AD (Anno Domini) or BC (Before Christ) and replace them with the bland CE (Current Era) and BCE (Before Current Era). The reason given is predictably back-handed: It might offend people of non-Christian world views and it is ‘in line with modern practice’.
And so yet another small part of our tradition, language and culture takes a step closer to extinction. We didn’t ask for it; we didn’t want it; yet still it’s happening because a tiny minority of politically correct busybodies have wormed their way into institutions such as the BBC and taken control.
Their goal is to create a world where Left-wing thinking – on ‘fairness’, on race, on sexual equality, on the role of government – becomes the norm. So far, they are doing brilliantly.
This capture of the language for political ends was exactly what George Orwell warned us of more than 60 years ago in his book 1984. In the appendix he described how Big Brother devised its language Newspeak to make it impossible for people to think in the ‘wrong’ way.
Evidently, much of what Delingpole writes applies not just to the UK, but to the entire West.
Thanks to the sterling work done by his acolytes, Marcuse’s most fervent desires – and Orwell’s darkest predictions – are coming true. There was a time when we used to complain about it – remember our outrage when nursery children were taught to sing about ‘Baa baa rainbow sheep’? – but now we’ve grown so used to it that we tend to shrug our shoulders, mutter under our breath about ‘political correctness gone mad’ and accept it as the way things are.
This complacency is fatal. Great civilisations do not die from the sudden arrival of the barbarians at the gates. They succumb much more slowly than that, from the death-by-a-thousand-cuts permitted from within by those who have forgotten why their traditions and cultural values are worth defending.
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