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Occasional Observation #132

Innumerable stupidities and outrages have been perpetrated of late in the name of political correctness. None, perhaps, is greater than a recently-voiced objection to the term “First World Problem,” on grounds of political correctness. Excuse me? All of a sudden it is wrong to use self-deprecating irony and a bit of humour to acknowledge that our problems, while serious to us, often do not measure up compare to the problems most of the less fortunate people in the world are facing?

I always thought this phrase was a useful way to show a bit of empathy with the less fortunate in the world. Have I been missing something all these years? In any event, whether it is politically correct or not to do so, I intend to go on using it.

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