Love that line. You could look at it that you are just a normal mature person meeting his own needs as well as others. See Maslow. See you’re talking about up there at social belonging, esteem and self-actualization. You grew as a person. As when you said:
You viewed it as growing up and others view it as walking on eggshells.
What is the opposite of politically correct anyway? I mean in terms of goals and aspirations. They want to harass and bully people? They favor a hostile work environment? They never want to make accommodation for disabled persons (careful with that one - we all could become disabled in a single second).
I suspect NOT. But there seems to be some process at work whereby a single instance of an individual gaming the systems and protections that have become the law of the land in our lifetimes, is grounds for repudiation of those protections for all.
Is it as simple as poor ship management / ownership that can’t properly evaluate false claims and discipline idiots on both sides of this PC line? Setting up the fear/anger routine in the crew? Is it some people can’t getting over a tribal sort of thinking? As in " a fat, old, bald, white guy got fired for making life miserable for seaman Shmeadly and I’m a fat, old, bald white guy and they might be coming for me next"?
Who knows. Who cares at this point. I must be working for one of the exceptions to the rule but I haven’t experienced “protected classes” running wild against the what, unprotected?
Anyway as to the point of the OP, I must just be lucky because I don’t think having formal grievance processes and crewing/HR departments with a minimum of at least 1/2 a brain has changed my sailing life. You were probably given good advise to develop a “thicker skin” so I’d ask you looking back on your 17 years, do you think you did? Because I can’t figure out if “easily offended” people are what is bothering you or “it’s not my job”, tattle tale types are what is bothering you? Because to me they are not the same thing. And also I would draw a distinction between easily offended and legitimately offended.
However, if I’m honest, getting a high decibel, in your face, royal reaming from a 50 plus year old BMO 1st AE as a cadet probably had the desired affect. And not sure I’d really would have wanted it any other way for me. But that was 45 years ago. Yet I’m sure I also thought to myself I’ll never do that to anyone. I think you can be stern without being a bully and I think you can correct or discipline or talk to a “member of a protected class” which is to say anyone in your crew - without being an asshole, can’t you? Possibly not because if the “unprotected” had been treating the “protected” right all along things would have never ended up like this.
I wish we could banish the term politically correct from everyday usage. I really don’t know what it means anymore that it has become a cheap tag line for “news” presenters and commentators to whip up sentiment at the latest report of abuse of a legitimate protection.