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The Problem with Janet Hsieh and the Politically Correct Crowd: Their Suppression of Truth, Honesty and Free Speech

9 Jul

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.”

– Carl Gustav Jung in his essay “The Philosophical Tree”, paragraph 335, (1945)

 

The problem with Janet Hsieh and the crowd like her that praises perpertual positivity and fakeness is that they place political correctness over truth.

You see, the unspoken law of political correctness says that everywhere you go, you have to be positive and non-controversial. And when asked about any particular country, you are expected to say, “the place is great and the people are friendly”, even when it’s not true. To do otherwise is a taboo that few dare to do.

Most people, especially young people, are conformists who are trying to fit in and be socially accepted. They do not think freely nor do they speak freely. Having no mind of their own, they will conform without even being told to. Therefore, they will conform to political correctness as well.

The problem with political correctness is that it places positivity and politeness over truth, honesty and free speech. This means you are not allowed to talk about the negatives about a country or culture, especially when it involves people. What this means if that if I go to Taiwan (Janet Hsieh’s holy shrine) or Japan, or a similar type of culture, and I find the people to not be friendly (outside of elderly people and customer service people), I’m NOT allowed to speak honestly about it.

In reality, Taiwanese are very insular, cold, closed and uptight. They are not open or natural at all, but very repressed and high strung. This is especially the case with young women (which makes Taiwan suck), who are very closed, stuck up, cold, uptight, devoid of personality and have no social skills. They are extremely cliquish, not open or natural at all. Their body language is 100 percent uptight and are not relaxed at all. They have no social skills and only know how to talk to people in their small circle consisting of other similar insular people with no social skills.

Further, the vibe in Taiwan makes me feel very uncomfortable. I can’t breathe or relax. It’s way too uptight and repressed, and what’s more, I’m NOT allowed to talk about it due to politically correct censorship. It’s almost like if you aren’t closed and uptight, then you don’t fit in Taiwan, which is weird. So basically, if you are honest, sane and aware, then you are abnormal in Taiwan. It’s kind of upside down, like the Twilight Zone. Either way, Taiwan is definitely NOT for people who are freethinkers or nonconformists.

Now the thing is, if I tell the above truths to local Taiwanese people, NONE of them deny it. They all know that their own Taiwanese are not open, and consider Westerners to be far more open. Taiwanese will admit that their women are closed and not open to strangers or easy to talk to or meet at all. It’s so obvious that not even native local Taiwanese will deny it. Thus, when I bring this up, none of them argue with me, but admit that I’m right.

However, when I say the above to Westernized politically correct types of people (whether White or Asian), they will start denying it and getting defensive because I’ve violated the guidelines of political correctness. They are programmed to get offended and argue against any observations that are not politically correct. I mean, sure everyone will have different experiences in Taiwan. But many people will lie about their experiences just to sound positive so as not to look like a loser too. I’ve seen this. And some will fabricate examples as well. Most young people only want to hear that “everything is great and everything is cool” rather than the honest truth. It’s weird.

But again, the important thing is that the most honest and objective people will concur that what I say about Taiwan is mostly true, and virtually 100 percent of local native Taiwanese will admit that I’m right as well. This speaks volumes.

In fact, if you walk around Taiwan, you will see that most foreigners only hang out with other foreigners. They certainly don’t hang out with groups of local Taiwanese. Sometimes, in groups of foreigners, there will be a few Westernized Taiwanese or Asians as well. But these Westernized Taiwanese types that hang in foreigner groups do not reflect the mainstream closed insular Taiwanese. They are pro-Western Taiwanese who vibe with foreigners better and feel more free and relaxed around them (as opposed to uptight repressed Taiwanese).

Anyway, the point is that since most foreigners in Taiwan are seen mostly with other foreigners, this speaks volumes to support my case. It means that Taiwan is obviously NOT an inclusive culture at all. In contrast, in more inclusive countries such as those in Europe, Russia, or South America, you will see foreigners with groups of locals all the time.

So you see, there are volumes of data that support my claims about Taiwan. Besides my own experience, I have many testimonials from others as well attesting to the same. I am also a credible source in that I have a reputation for accuracy, honesty and not being afraid to stand up for the truth. So I know I am telling the truth.

The only problem with the truth about Taiwan I’ve told above is that political correctness, which rules the speech of most of the young generation, says that it is NOT allowed to be spoken. Instead, I am expected to lie and say that “Taiwan is great! People are very friendly!” Well I don’t know about you, but I hate lying, especially about a country that I find very unfriendly and get bad vibes from.

Now keep in mind that people have different definitions of what “friendliness” means. So in that sense, the word is a little subjective. By “friendliness” I am not talking about polite people or helpful customer service people, like most people are. No. To me, “friendliness” means:

– Being approachable and engaging
– Easy to chat up and socialize with, feels natural and fluid
– Having a relaxed open body language toward strangers rather than an uptight cold wall.

This definition would apply to people in Russia, Eastern Europe, Philippines and South America – according to my experiences and that of many that I know. But this definition would definitely NOT apply to Taiwanese, especially young Taiwanese women. No way jose.

Another telling sign is that Taiwanese consider Americans to be more open and friendly than themselves are. This is odd though, because any honest aware person in America knows that people are VERY socially isolated there. In the real USA, people don’t know their neighbors, the social atmosphere is NOT inclusive, there is no sense of human connection or camaraderie, people don’t talk to strangers, and communication is usually business related. This is because America is a business culture where communication is generally for business and sales purposes only, and everything is VERY compartmentalized, including social interaction.

Yet in spite of this, Taiwanese think Americans are a lot more open and friendly than they are. This speaks volumes. I mean, to see an isolated disconnected culture like America as being more friendly and open than your own, means you must come from a really SUPER closed, cold and insular culture! LOL. In other words, if one thinks a cold place is warm, then one must come from an even colder place! LOL. Joking aside, I know that the image of America being very open and expressive probably comes from Hollywood films, but still, you get the idea. (The same goes for the Japanese view of Americans too)

The point is, I don’t think it’s right for people like Janet Hsieh and the politically correct people who act like her (as though nothing negative exists in the universe) to suppress or censor out the truth about Taiwan, just because it’s a taboo. Since when did politeness and positivity take a higher position than truth, honesty and free speech? It’s crazy. I don’t agree with it, and I think it’s wrong as well.

Truth should not be suppressed in the name of political correctness. If one can’t be honest, then one cannot be true. Suppressing one’s feelings is not healthy either. But political correctness does just that. It denies the truth and censors it. It puts pressure on people to conform in order to be accepted. Most young people have a need to fit in and be accepted. Some want to be popular too. So they conform to politically correct censorship over being honest and truthful. I don’t like that and don’t agree with that. This is my beef with them.

Yes I know that Janet Hsieh is a paid actor who hosts a travel show which is probably scripted, so that she may not be saying what she truly thinks about everything. But it’s a good bet that most of her personality does fit the role, so that she is being herself most of the time, otherwise she would not do well in her role. After all, actors have to identify with their role in some way to play their part successfully.

But most young people in real life do follow the law of political correctness and will say that “this culture is great, people are very friendly” everywhere they go, whether it is true or not, because that’s what they are EXPECTED to say. So what I say here about political correctness does apply to most young people, if not Janet Hsieh.

I don’t know about you, but I think it’s a sad society when people can’t be honest and speak the truth over fear of what others will think. What’s the point of the First Amendment guaranteeing freedom of speech if one is not allowed to be honest? See what I mean? I hope you see my point.

New Taboo Observations About Taiwan – Warning: Offensive

22 Nov

The following is an intellectual take on a non-intellectual culture.

Taiwan has a very politically correct social culture that is superficial, practical, conformist, insular, cliquish, repressed and non-intellectual. There is an unspoken but obvious social rule that around others, you are always expected to act positive and cheerful, and only talk about superficial things. Anything to the contrary will weird people out, especially young adults, and may ostracize you from social groups. So you can’t be negative (no matter how justified) or talk about deep things in Taiwan without looking like a misfit.

What this means is that if you are unhappy or don’t like something in Taiwan (and there is a lot to dislike in Taiwan, that’s for sure) then no one wants to hear about it, unless you have a close and understanding friend. For example, even though it’s obvious that Taiwanese are generally closed, repressed and narrow, you are not allowed to SAY that they are. It’s like the Emperor’s New Clothes syndrome. In that sense, you are not allowed to tell the truth in Taiwan.

This means that you often can’t be yourself in Taiwan. You see, in truth, no one can be positive all the time, human nature doesn’t work that way since everything is made up of a union of opposites, as the Chinese Ying Yang symbol signifies. What this means is that at least half the time, you will not be able to be yourself in Taiwan around other people – who expect you to only say positive and superficial things. What this also means is that if you are an honest truthful intellectual in Taiwan, you may find a few friends, but you will not fit into social groups or cliques, because they are strict about these social rules and political correctness.

However, I do not agree with this social rule mandating political correctness in Taiwan. You see, I don’t believe that just because something is negative, that it should be denied simply because it is politically incorrect. You must understand that political correctness is about control, NOT truth. And control = loss of freedom to say and think what you want. So, since I’m a “freedom junkie” I do not believe in such control and censorship, especially when it conflicts with reality. But sadly, most people are the opposite. They prefer political correctness, control and censorship over the truth.

Even blogs and website about Taiwan follow this social rule. They only say superficial positive things about Taiwan, and give some tourist information, but nothing deeper. I would venture to guess that it’s because either the authors of these blogs/sites are on a superficial wavelength themselves, or they’ve been to Taiwan and know the social rule there, and follow it even online for some reason. Or, of course, they genuinely like Taiwan and want to say only positive things about it. (But I honestly can’t see why, since I see more negatives than positives about Taiwan)

Now you may be asking, “But isn’t it like that everywhere?” The answer is a resounding NO! And if you are asking this, then you’ve probably never spent much time outside of Taiwan, Japan or North America. The world outside of these areas is very different. In most of Europe, young adults are intellectual, open minded and passionate, and so is the culture (in comparison to Taiwan and America at least). In Russia for example, young adults commonly speak 3 or 4 languages (German and English are usually among them) and enjoy history as a hobby, not just as a school subject. (I know because I’ve spent a lot of time there)

And in Italy, Greece and Spain, art and history are part of the culture and passion of the people. It is not something that they “have to study in school”, rather it is something they love naturally. Love of philosophy and intellectual subjects is common even in young adults (in total contrast to Taiwan), so it is not something that only “misfits and weirdos” like (as it is in Taiwan). People are also more open and relaxed, even toward strangers, as opposed to the repressed, uptight, insular nature of the Taiwanese and its extremely shy youth.

In contrast, in Taiwan the culture and people revolve around basic practicality – such as food, making money and raising a family – and conversation revolves around light superficial topics. People are also more repressed, uptight and insular. And young adults and teens are overly shy to the extreme. Obviously, what this means is that if you are an intellectual and/or passionate type, then European countries are a much better fit for you than Taiwan. (Keep in mind though, that being a misfit somewhere will gradually decrease your level of happiness and well-being if you stay there long term)

If you are on a deep wavelength, like writers and intellectuals are, you won’t find many people in Taiwan who you can talk to on your level, since everyone acts like they are on a superficial wavelength. (Even if they aren’t, they will still act like it in order to fit in) Some people may be open minded enough to listen to you, but they will not be able to contribute anything back. Taiwan is not a place to find deep intellectual conversation, that’s for sure. Not to brag, but as far as I know, I seem to be the only Taiwanese freethinker. I honestly don’t know any others. I guess that makes me really unique, but uniqueness comes with loneliness too.

This might be personal and subjective, but Taiwan seems to have some kind of negative energy vortex. I sense a vibe of misery and repression everywhere I go in Taiwan, which is draining and undermines my self-confidence and self-esteem. I do not like it at all. It’s feels horrible and draining, like some kind of toxic radiation. It’s like there are hungry ghosts sucking your soul or something (in addition to the sterile environment). I feel like something is trying to choke me in Taiwan. Perhaps it’s because I don’t fit in or share the narrow repressiveness of the Taiwan vibe, so it has this effect on me? I guess if you are narrow and repressed yourself, then you won’t notice anything it, but if you aren’t, you will?

Taiwanese personalities commonly come in two weird extremes: 1) grumpy, constipated, stern, strict facial expression (common among older generation), and 2) fake innocent cheesy corny “hello kitty” facial expression (common among young adults and teens). Ewww! Both of these suck and are abnormal and unnatural. How do you vibe with such unnatural personalities? I have no idea. Why can’t Taiwanese just be normal and natural? I often feel like I’m the only one that’s “normal” in Taiwan. It’s like a Twilight Zone environment where normal is abnormal, and abnormal is normal. Really weird.

To be honest, Taiwan is the most UNINTERESTING country I’ve ever been to. And its people are the WEIRDEST I’ve ever met – totally closed, cold, strict, repressed, almost inhuman. I don’t understand why they are like that. How the hell am I supposed to “act” around such people? I’m confused and I don’t get it. I’m nothing like them, thank goodness. This might sound bad, but in Taiwan, I feel like i’m the only one that’s “normal”. I know that sounds terrible, but I don’t know how else to put it.

Publicly, everyone says that “Taiwanese are very friendly”. But they NEVER differentiate or specify what they mean, not even in blogs or websites. The term “friendly” is loosely used, even by people who don’t mean it, just to appear nice. But in reality, the fact is, people do not generally smile or make eye contact with strangers in Taiwan. The only people that do are elderly or older folks, and customer service people (who are paid to be friendly and helpful). But definitely not young adults, especially females (since females are more guarded toward strangers than males are of course), who are more closed and excessively shy. If they don’t know you, they will not acknowledge your existence or talk to you, unless you are introduced to them by a mutual friend.

This pattern is virtually 100 percent consistent throughout Taiwan. It’s an obvious and consistent pattern that anyone can see, but no one talks about – probably because by bringing it up, you will appear to be saying that “Taiwanese are cold and unfriendly” which is negative and taboo/forbidden. This is true of multi-cultural social groups consisting of foreigners in Taiwan as well.

Yet I seem to be the only one who verbally differentiates and specifies such patterns and differences. No one else does, at least not publicly. So it’s like telling the truth in Taiwan makes me a misfit. Weird. I guess most people are programmed to never say anything taboo or politically correct. They desperately want to fit in and be accepted by others, which is more important to them than telling the truth or being honest and aware. But as an intellectual and introvert, I am more apt to remain true to my “inner self/inner life” and tell the truth honestly and accurately, rather than be fake to follow the norm, which I see as inauthentic.

I guess that makes me different from others. But then again, if being honest and authentic makes me different from the crowd, and if telling the truth makes me a misfit, then that speaks volumes about what a dysfunctional society and social culture this is. And I am not afraid to say that. Where I come from, being brave, confident and courageous enough to follow your heart and tell the truth is encouraged and valued, and if that makes me a misfit in a repressed insular culture like Taiwan, then so be it.

Many of the greatest writers, intellectuals and freethinkers throughout world history agree with me on this. To understand what I mean, see their quotes here: http://www.happierabroad.com/Quotes_Insanity.htm

Thanks for reading these taboo but truthful observations.

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