Some will be quick to call these examples of political correctness and over-sensitivity… . They are, on the contrary, examples of the real ways in which we put down, minimize, and trivialize others to elevate our own standing. Superiority isn’t funny, isn’t pretty, and has toxic effects that are unfortunately seldom apparent to those who look down on others. Thank you for a clear analysis of these examples and what they communicate and reveal.

Writer, walker, poet, educator. Commercial fisherman, builder, donut maker, organic grower. Boston, U. City, Maine, South Africa, Madrid.

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