“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavour, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”—John Keating, Dead Poet’s Society
I have the utmost pleasure of having to buy a new computer because of an unfortunate coke-related incident (which for once had nothing to do with me!). I suppose this would be a source of joy if I had a bathtub full of money to roll around in, which, suffice to say, I do not.
I just started a new blog, F is for Feminism, which will be in much fuller swing when I’m no longer beneath a torrent of university work (read: pretending to do uni work, while I start new blogs). This is not an exercise in pushing my beliefs onto anyone, and I am fully at ease with the idea that being a Feminist can manifest in countless ways, but is more an effort on my own part to engage more with these ideals, of which I feel very strongly for, and to formulate more articulate and educated arguments. If anyone can suggest any good books, interviews, articles, or blogs, your suggestions here or there would be greatly appreciated
“The bigoted and the ignorant are very sure of themselves. No business seems to be too important or too personal for them to undertake. One of their chief pastimes is the regulation of other people. They are willing to do anything to others that to them seems important. To compel all others to adopt their own views and ways of living is their aim. In fact, one of their chief sources of comfort and pleasure is making others unhappy. How safe would it be for the human race and the comfort of the individual units if the production of human beings were left in their hands?”— Clarence Darrow
In the last little while I’ve been confronted with a few people, who, masquerading themselves as all-loving, all-liberated, and all-knowing, are really only concerned with their own image and sense of self-righteousness. Be all that you can, try as hard as you’re humanly capable of, live up to your own personal standard of strengths. But by no means does even the most legitimately earned sense of self-satisfaction, gained from living life in a manner that upholds these personal standards, and make you happy give you the right to self-righteously shame others for not living in that manner. These standards are arbitrary, and change from person to person based on a multitude of contexts that you don’t even have the slightest idea of the scope of.
This has nothing to do with me lashing out over feeling ashamed over eating meat, having sex, or having smoked a handful of cigarettes in my life, because I most certainly am not. How dare you shame someone for a set of arbitrary standards that you choose to live up to! How dare you shame ‘sluts’ based on an arbitrary standard of promiscuity, and how dare you group people into polarised social categories, which are inherently difficult to remain within, and then shame them for breaking the confines of these categories that you created for someone else. I find that, although these kinds of people feel that they have a far superior moral compass, and are far more liberated than their lowly meat-eating, sexually active fellow man; these people are actually bigots, operating on a rigid, unnecessarily unwavering belief system that is based on one tiny subset of the plethora of legitimate ways of living as a decent human being. It is part of life to change your beliefs, to constantly liberate yourself with new information, and to re-evaluate your way of living with every step. Not doing so is a disservice to yourself, and the pre-frontal cortex that allows us to achieve higher order thinking, cognition, reasoning and logic.