I find it interesting that many of the very same people who rail vociferously against ‘Political Correctness’ often tend to bury themselves in a cultural echo chamber where their political, social, and religious view are rarely disputed except maybe on minor points.
Of the two, I find the concept of Political Correctness to be far more insidious and intrusive, evil if you will, because political correctness seeks it to impose its particular viewpoint and behavior requirements on those who would not agree with that particular point of view; who may find it stifling and damaging in its oppressive edicts upon human nature. Living in an echo chamber is less so because it is a matter of choice; for adults, anyway.
But both insist upon an environment of stagnant sameness that is all-to-often unchallenging in its mundane and illusory comfort. Both deny the very basic drive of human nature to reach beyond its grasp, to learn, to be challenged- and the privilege and intrinsic value of falling down!; the character-building pride in standing up again, however many times it takes, to face ones sometimes crippling fears or seemingly insurmountable challenges.
For it is inherent to our nature that there is growth in being challenged, there is growth and maturation in adversity. To create a cultural atmosphere where such things are removed or done away with is to deny a person their chance to grow, to evolve, and to become more than they are. To discover, on their own, the path that is right for them rather than dictate to them what that path is ‘supposed’ to be based on another person’s (or group’s) point of view, political bent, or belief system.
It also does much more insidious long term damage. It leaves a person or a group unpracticed and unprepared for change that will inevitably come, change that will leave them helpless on the face of the sometimes shocking ways the universe can toss the dice.
It is human nature to seek safety and security so that we might go forth without fear to take on the challenges we might be called upon to face. But it is personally and culturally damaging to so to such an extent that we wrap ourselves- and our minds- in an unchanging stillness that does not afford us the joy of learning, of overcoming, of becoming more than we are.