I was just reading my Twitter feed, and something came across advertising “www.give-a-shit.org” – so I had to go to the website and check it out. Turns out, it’s a website where you click icons of social problems, such as child abuse, gay rights, bees, domestic violence, etc. and if you click on one, it means that you “gave a shit” about the issue. There are tons of things that you can care about on the website. I clicked on all of the ones that popped up on my screen, and then you had the option to tweet about what you had clicked.
The tweet says “Your name just gave a shit about ____” And I was really nervous at first to tweet this. I’m trying to get a job, I’m networking with a lot of people, I was scared about tweeting something that was kind of crude. What’s the point of throwing in the bad language? And then I realized, just like the website says, the bad language isn’t offensive; child labor is offensive. Global warming is offensive. AIDS is offensive. So I tweeted my heart out, and cursed to all of the people that I have been networking with for several months now.
What does this say about our obsession with political correctness? Why has society trained us to NOT “give a shit”? If I care deeply about a cause, and I want to maybe attempt to spread some awareness, why can’t I say shit when talking about it? Maybe, this organization is onto something. It certainly caught my attention – I hope it will catch much more. China is the number one caring country on their international counter – the United States is farther down the list, with a much lower percentage of people that “gave a shit.” I wonder if our social views and nervousness when it comes to rocking the boat – even just a tiny bit – has anything to do with this.