When you're trying to focus your attention, there's nothing worse than silly, needless distractions. Today at Mass, during the recitation of the Creed I could hear, amidst the unison of worshippers in attendance the dissenting voice of a lone woman who decided to replace every masculine pronoun in the Creed that referred to God with the word, "God." So, for instance, instead of "Through Him all things were made." She would say, "Through God all things were made." And instead of "And with the Father and the Son He is worshiped and glorified", in reference to the Holy Spirit, she said, "And with the Father and the Son God is worshipped and glorified". And so on. It was so distracting.[emphasis added]
I know I can relate. It is difficult enough to focus while minding the children and keeping the mind from wandering without someone trying to make a point by being different.
Where does this end? It's all so absurd. But as bad as it's been in the past, my experience today raised things to a new level of inanity. I've never heard such a stubborn and methodic insistence to surgically remove every masculine pronoun in a prayer or profession as I encountered today with this woman. I couldn't help glancing over my shoulder to get a look at the offender, and in the process probably providing her with the attention she sought. I expected to see a 1960's type (you know what I mean), but much to my surprise, there sat an elderly woman, with a cute handkerchief wrapped neatly over her white hair. How on earth, I wondered, did this nice old lady become so smitten with the insanity that is the political correctness movement in America?
I am not so surprised. I have noticed the elderly are especially susceptible to the political correctness run amok. Why, I don't know. Seems to fly in the face of the wisdom of the elderly. Could be the "Wisdom Works" seminars that target the elderly and find it easy to confuse them. Sort of how the scam artist target them also.
Sad when one considers the elderly as they near the end of their life. As my wife has said, at that time of life, one needs the unvarnished truth. Not some happy-happy-joy-joy mumbo jumbo. One closing quote that sums it up.
The trend today, to include a "he or she", or "humankind", is not only patronizing but it's deeply distracting, even from a literary point of view because it is superfluous.