In Integral circles, this sort of thing is sometimes called the Green meme running amuck (in other words, postmodernism’s excesses creates silliness out of excessive feelings). If you work for some cities the U.S., please avoid using the word “dinosaur” because it conjures up thoughts of evolution which could be offensive for religious fundamentalists who don’t believe in it. And don’t use “Halloween” either because that could hurt the feelings of pagans. That is a reality in New York according to an article on FoxNews.com:
The New York Post reported in March 2012 that the city’s Department of Education avoids references to words like “dinosaurs,” “birthdays,” “Halloween” and dozens of other topics on city-issued tests because they could evoke “unpleasant emotions” among the students.
Dinosaurs, for example, conjures the topic of evolution, which could rile fundamentalists and birthdays are not celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses. Halloween, meanwhile, suggests an affiliation to Paganism.
Recently Seattle banned words deemed offensive to African-Americans and undocumented workers. According to Fox News, the city banned the words “brown bag” and “citizen” — also arguably excesses of the Green meme.
Integrally-informed diversity training programs may include efforts to educate workers about the impact of their actions, but generally don’t get hung up on language in ways which create an environment of overzealous political correctness.
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