Could Political Correctness Kill Caching?

Our local paper here, the Otago Daily Times, ran this column from 13-year-old student Sarah Mosley. What she wrote really resonated with me and what is amazing is that she is only 13! I wish I could communicate my thoughts so clearly 😉

Political correctness. Is it a well-meaning initiative, or an attempt to undermine our laid-back way of life?

No more can we have policemen and firemen. We must be non-gender specific, and don’t even think about mentioning religion or race. The world is going into PC overdrive.

Although my opening nursery rhyme may not be the official PCLittle Miss Muffet, it is just as crazy as the now commonly usedBaa Baa Rainbow Sheep. Has anyone pointed out there is no such thing as a rainbow sheep! They say the words black sheep alienate and offend young black children. It’s not the only nursery rhyme to be deemed inappropriate.

Humpty Dumpty has now escaped his original fate. He still falls off his wall, but now stays in one piece. Hello?

This could lead to a whole generation thinking that if you fall off a wall, you won’t get hurt. Dear me, where could this lead?

Political correctness in New Zealand is on a smaller scale compared to the madness in the United Kingdom. A chief constable refused to release pictures of two escaped murderers because it might breach their privacy. What about the victim?

New Zealand hasn’t completely escaped though. The PC fog is sneaking down the country.

Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital has removed the crucifix from the hospital’s chapel, oh, sorry, I mean the spiritual centre. How much comfort will patients or visitors find in an empty room, devoid of any of the religious symbols that they have come to expect?

Little to none, I’m sure.

The Eskimo lolly is one of our country’s favourites. Last year, there was a lot of publicity about them. The large majority of us have all eaten at least one, if not 50. Apparently that makes us cannibalistic, Inuit-hating people. Get real. Most of the time they’re processed so badly that you can’t tell what they are anyway.

I haven’t seen Sir Edmund Hilary’s “Risk Management Plan” for climbing Mt Everest displayed in any museum.

Nor have I seen a photo of Richard Pearce wearing his fluoro vest during his flight attempts. These good old-fashioned Kiwi heroes succeeded before the days where everyone had to be kept safe in the bubble wrap we’re expected to use for everything we do.

Political correctness is a crazy plan to stop human beings doing what we were designed to do – think for ourselves.

To stop this dangerous trend we need to stand up for what we believe in and think for ourselves. Keep a sense of humour and stop small-minded people ruining our lives.

These PC trends are sneaking in all over the world. Society is at risk of being destroyed. We need to unite, burn those risk management plans, buy a big bag of Eskimos, and take responsibility for our own actions.

By Sarah Mosely, Year 13, South Otago High School

This all got me to wondering whether this was one of the problems we face with caching? Obviously there are areas or events that need a strong reaction – bomb squad callouts in the US and UK being the most obvious.

But it seems to me that elements of political correctness are beginning to creep in. I’m unable to find the source but I know I have seen someone in one of the forums suggest that it wasn’t okay for us to be calling non-caching folk muggles! (Incidentally, is a muggle that knows about caching but doesn’t participate a half-breed?)

Safety is another area where there seems to be excess transference of responsibility from the cacher to the cache owner. Before the PC brigade start shouting me down for being dangerous and irresponsible (both labels that may actually fit me anyway … he says dreaming) I’m all for being safe and not being placed in undue danger. But it seems there maybe a tendency for some to point the finger at the CO when an injury occurs in pursuit of a cache.

Even voicing an opinion against an aspect of caching tends to bring up the ‘you play the game the way you want and let others play the game how they want’ argument. I’m a big advocate of the large cache and happy to be vocal about it. I think nanos and micros (particularly when placed in a spot that could take a much larger cache) are a blight on our game’s good reputation and a poor introduction for newbies (is it okay to use newbies!?!). If I wanted to find a small thing I’d be playing Munzee …

… but now I’m ranting. Undoubtedly someone will raise the ‘you play the game how you want …’ argument and someone with an opinion all of a sudden looks like a narrow-minded neanderthal.

Before I get carried away, let me point out I don’t think political correctness is killing caching the same way it has being killing New Zealand culture. But it concerns me that it could, and that would be a shame.

*Got an opinion? Feel free to share it in the comments below.

Hat tip: Kiwiblog


  1. Jim Greene

    So so true. It should be very hard to find an argument against any of the statements made by either writer.
    It is past time that these (the statemants) should be made.

  2. GSV

    One thing to add to this: if people are continuously told
    There is a risk here!;
    This is dangerous!;
    Wear safety gear at all times while doing this!;
    Caution, contents may be hot;
    “Warning! Warning! Danger, Will Robinson!*” and so on then they lose the habit of taking their own personal responsibility. In other words people are being conditioned to think Nobody has told me there are any risks so it must be perfectly safe, and if something does go wrong, they go looking for someone else to blame. Personal responsibility, or accept the alternative of ‘Evolution in Action’.

    *Ok, so maybe that one isn’t heard quite so often these days.

  3. Lukas

    I think she’s in Year 13… not actually 13 years old! Year 13 would make her around 18. 😉

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