Seriously, people?

I’ve mentioned that I’m not keen on swearing, particularly when it involves the use of a certain word beginning with F.  I find it objectionable and offensive.  And since swearing is usually used for emphasis or to express extreme anger, over-frequent use renders these words irrelevant to any purpose.

That said, how is it that adults, including government officials who were elected to serve the people, can do nothing but focus on idiotic details like that and completely ignore the larger message.

Frankly, every adult in America is being put to shame by these kids fighting for stronger gun control.  They’re KIDS.  They’re in school.  They shouldn’t have to be doing this because it is our responsibility as adults to be doing it.  Instead, a significant portion of the population of the U.S., including its ‘President’ do nothing but hem, haw, sit on their hands and criticize these kids for every little thing.

It isn’t kids posting photoshopped images to discredit these gun control advocates, it’s adults.  Adults with a vested interest in changing nothing and reaping the monetary benefit thereof.

I’ve long been patriotic.  I’ve long supported our military.  I have no problem with responsible gun ownership.  I’ve even long been a Republican.  But now I am embarrassed, even ashamed, to call myself an American when I see what we have become.

No, it isn’t all adults failing to act, it isn’t all gun owners who are willing to protect gun rights above everything else, and it isn’t all Republicans or politicians who are blind and deaf to an epidemic issue in our country.  This isn’t just happening in schools, folks.  It happens in workplaces, malls, movie theatres or even just on the street.  If you’re sitting there thinking that this problem belongs to the kids, you’re wrong.  It may be you while you attend a concert in Las Vegas.  It may be you while you are driving your car down the road.  Do nothing, and it may very well be you the next time.  And there WILL be a next time again and again unless we do something.

Choosing to attack the messenger because you have no valid argument against the message itself only reflects poorly on you.

Advertisements

Lesson for Today

Guess what!  There is more than one word in the dictionary that begins with F.  Sadly, most of humanity only seems to know that one word, and uses it when expressing anything and everything.

It’s time people learn to use some of those other words in sentences.

I Swear, Swearing is Out of Hand

The past few years, I’ve noticed what, to me, is a disturbing trend, particularly in the workplace.  Words that would never have been used in polite company now drip off the tongues of anyone and everyone, even in a professional environment.  Maybe people think they are no longer ‘swear’ words, but ‘just words’.  That isn’t true.  The nature of the word didn’t change simply because it became allowable to use them more frequently and publicly.  Somewhere along the line someone ‘uncensored’ them and the hordes have taken full advantage of that – men and women alike.  But why?

It is as if they think swearing in some way validates them as a person, in their career or whatever.  In truth, all it really does is offend many people around them, who are either too hampered by their own politeness to mention it, figure their comments would fall on deaf or hostile ears, or fear the many ‘laws’ that now protect people in being as offensive as they like.

Even aside from the offensiveness, I must say that it gives me a very poor opinion of those people overall.  That they would willfully be crude in front of others without regard to their feelings is a strike against them.  But even on a more basic level, it makes me question their intelligence and knowledge.  When I hear a co-worker using the F word literally almost every other word in a sentence, I have to think, “Do you not know any other words with which to express yourself?  Is your vocabulary truly that limited?”  If you don’t speak any better than that in public, then I must assume that you can’t.  Dressing up in business attire won’t disguise what comes out of your mouth.

Some would say (even yell) ‘Freedom of Speech’!  Yes, you have the right to say what you want as I am doing here, but the sign of a mature individual is one who can control their behavior, including speech.  They can determine that a professional workplace or a public place with strangers is not the place for such language that others might find offensive.  If they and all their friends want to hold inane, uneducated conversations like that in private then more power to them.  But a mature person would not think it appropriate to inflict that on anyone and everyone around them without regard for the other person.  To do so is offensive and disrespectful.

Don’t we have enough disrespect and offensiveness in the world already without that?  Perhaps now is the time to sweeten our language and thus hope to sweeten our world a little.  And, as a saying goes, ‘Blessed are those who choose their words wisely, for tomorrow they may have to eat them.’