Most readers can appreciate the significance of fiction that exudes some poignant message about some flaw in our society, some cultural aspect that requires our attention or a message that raises awareness of some repressed and under-explored group of individuals. I as an advocate of such relevant expressions against intolerance and ignorance, also enjoy contemporary novels that comment on political and societal issues that need to be addressed for its propensity to inspire conversation or enlightenment.
That being said, when a book becomes jarringly dogmatic about its set of values, almost to the point of attempting to force-feed me some overly-glorified political agenda, I often become disengaged. What I’m especially referring to is political correctness, which I wholly solicit, but which seems to have become a weapon in the hands of radicalized progressives who use it to circumvent speech and constantly seek out malice in words. Not those words we’ve deemed to be offensive or derogatory, but by our way of expression which must be accurately filtered in strict accordance with speech regulations.
I think that our speech should be conscientious of the sensibilities of others, just as I agree with the biblical adage; “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” And just as with religion, for those who have it, we shouldn’t be supercilious about dictating our morals above others. Politics is after all a form of religion, not the other way round. It creates organized groups of individuals, all in obeisance to an agreed upon set of directives.
The difference between commenting on political injustices and forcing a political agenda is discretion. And discretion is silent teacher that shows rather than dictates.
Thank you for reading! To read my latest book review of Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, please click here.
Also, if you’re into wartime fiction, please check out my review of Margalit Kafni’s self-published debut novel; Korman’s Prayer on LoveReading UK’s website.