One of George Carlin’s funnies routines for me is when he goes through a list of “bad words.”
Words which aren’t welcome in “polite” conversation.
I love him for it.
Because we shouldn’t have to censor what we say or write.
To censor what we write, what we say, what we think is the very essence of giving up ourselves. Sure, there’s a moral argument against bringing up certain topics in certain circles. But are we pressured more by others around us or by ourselves? Where’s the line? Should we cross the line? Where’s the grey area?
What if we offend someone? *gasp*
What if we cause a parent to have to explain something to their child they aren’t prepared to explain?
I mean, really?
(I’m listening to George Carlin read the list right now, for the record.)
When does Politically Correct cross the line into limiting freedom of speech?
Shouldn’t there be a certain expectation in certain situations of crude/crass speech?
It’s why we now have ratings. Why music is labeled as “Explicit” and why movies are rated anywhere from “G” to “NC-17” or “X.”
The problem with ratings is that it creates a society in which we don’t think about examining things closely for ourselves because someone has already done it for us.
Ratings are a suggestion, people. A guide. Not a decisive statement that it’s okay for your kid to watch, listen, or play simply because some panel somewhere decided it deserved whatever rating your kid is allowed to view, hear, or play. What if they don’t hold your values? What if they think it’s okay for your kid to hear crass languague or see something crude?
Point here is that funny is funny in YOUR context, not in someone else’s context. I’m tired of censoring myself for fear of what someone else may think or say as a result of what I’ve said. It’s me. If you don’t like it, the rest of the Interwebz is at your fingertips. All it takes is a click to veer away from my words or from whatever else it is that you have found offensive.
At the same time, we have the same right as the person saying these things to speak up and say we don’t like what they’re saying. But by no means should we expect them to take back what they’ve said just because we *gasp* don’t like it. Guess what? The world is full of things we don’t like.
Wanna know how to deal with that?
Ignore it. Don’t let it into your life.
Fill your life with the beautiful, with the true, with the honest, with the FUNNY, with the hope, the compassion, the love YOU want there.
If you find yourself always focusing on the negative, take a good hard look at yourself and how YOU are living your life and what YOU are letting into it.
We live in an age during which we are very much in control of what comes into our lives.
Don’t hesitate to use that control to create a bubble. Yeah, sometimes? That bubble’s gonna pop. Sometimes? It’s okay to get angry.
But really… most of the time, anger is a wasted emotion and life is so much better when you’re happy and lost in bliss, even if that means ignorance in some areas.