I read this interesting blog today from one of my fellow bloggers - you can read it here. I'm not gonna tell you what's its about, outside of stating that it's about the power of words.
**basically I'm throwing you right into the belly of the beast - have fun!**
In 1839, Edward Buler-Lytton stated that "The pen was mightier than the sword" and all these years later he's still right. We grow up chanting our favorite nursery rhymes that say "name will never hurt me" but they do, we all know this is true - so then we let some jackass go and start the "PC movement" - god help us all.
If words didn't have power we would never feel moved by speeches, televisions shows, movies, songs or even reading a post from your favorite late night blogger :)
They're the reason people believe in spells and incantations.
I know, I know... but that's what words are in any religion.
In yoga we chant - it heightens the experience. Same goes with most spiritually based congregations. We sing, pray, chant our lives away because those words make us feel safe and whole for one moment - for THAT moment and in that moment we know it will all be better.
So what about negative words?
They make us feel things too. Angry, humiliated, dejected and depressed.
We use them to "take control" because that's what we're doing when we make people feel bad about themselves or their lives. We're saying, "I'm better than you."
Now, I love sarcasm, and some good dry humor can keep me warm all winter long - but there really needs to be a point when we say that this isn't good - there has to come a time when we respect each equally.
Part of me knows this can happen and the other half say, "not in my life time." It's hard to keep faith in humanity once they've shit on you one too many time. (please excuse the metaphor, but I wanted the stench from it).
Gandhi said, "You must be the change you want to see in the world."
This, in itself, is a tall order, but know this, Gandhi also said, "Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes."
We all do. It's in our DNA to fuck up and to do that well.
We can justify it or we can beat ourselves up - but I say we just need to come to terms with the fact that at times we're gonna all mess up. This is not a reason to seek out stupidity, but know we're all at fault.
It's kinda like prejudice - it's another thing that we all are but we all say we are not - why? - it's the biggest elephant in the room of all.
No one wants to be "that guy" so we concentrate on the extremes of the situation and point out the clan member, but in the end, we've all been there. Maybe it's commenting how someone of the opposite gender sucks more than you just because of that, or maybe you were one of the people who decided to take 9/11 as the excuses you needed to "set those people straight" - in the end it's all the same - it's hate.
We take those things we hate and let the fear grow and then we roll it over into words and attempt to decimate someone else because our view are not the same as theirs, or they're not the right "color" or on and on and on and on.
Hell, up until this year the UN classified people by color - "Yellow Race", "Red Race", "Black Race", "White Race" we use these words to separate ourselves from each other which only makes it harder and harder because we don't have a chance when it's already predetermined. You take those things and bind them with whatever else was handed to us and god only knows what happens next...
Words. Changing your life in utero.
We should all be a bit more careful the words we use in our every day. We should realize that when people say things that hurt us, we could be doing the same to them and not realize it. Life isn't really that cut an dry and when you accept that - then it kinda is.
Don't use excuses
Don't get mad a someone because they use a different term
Don't perpetuate or exacerbate the situation
Don't be the annoying d'bag that thinks humor is only wrapped in the humiliation of others
To be honest, the moment you learn to laugh at yourself - all of that just goes by the way side.
Because when you're that serious about something, that's the very moment you need to lighten up. And I'm referring to "bring on the hate" to the rest of the world.
I'm starting to lose focus so I'm just going to close here with this: Hate the sin, love the sinner
And remember words are very, very powerful