||[Apr. 27th, 2007|04:16 pm]
another from Impact;|
As the old saying goes, "sticks & stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me." This saying is readily told to youngsters as they enter the school system in an effort to prevent hurt feelings, it shows kids that bullies comments don't matter, a good thing to be sure. Any yet, it has also been widely claimed that the tongue is the strongest muscle of the body.
With that i come to my conclusion as stated above: Context. Words carry with them so much emotional weight, each person has a different understanding or connotation associated with a myriad of words and often we know not the gravity of what we say. This as with my previous writing leads me to contemplate:
In the safety of a smoky, sweaty and packed rock club, the word "fuck" can be uttered freely among patrons and is often wielded with great strength and imagination by performers. Though, if spoken in a school setting, the room will silence, aside from maybe gasps of horror and shock, and you can believe swift punishment will be devied out. So that's that. Like my previous entry, i've used the journal as a rough draft, a very handy tool to quickly jot down streams-of-consciousness which i later ruminate on, and potentially, repair and add to. Njoi.
Inversly, we have the word "faggot". Here is a hateful and derisive word that is thrown about without thinking, a euphemism for any insult. This, of course, would not be tolerated among the aforementioned patrons.