A couple of thoughts have been floating around in my head for a few days now. The first one was inspired by a snippet on the morning news, while I was getting for work, the other day. Seems an administrative assistant at a public school, in I think Pennsylvania, has been suspended, with pay, for a year. She wore a necklace with a cross to work, and was told she couldn't do that, because it violated the separation of church and state laws. She rebelled and continued to wear it, until they suspended her.
Now, I'm not a religious person, and I'm the first in line to bad mouth those crazy JW's that show up at my door, but shouldn't this person be allowed to have their opinion, the same as me? What harm was it really doing, letting her wear her simple necklace. At least she has the conviction to stand up for what she believes in.
Which leads to the whole idea of political correctness, and how thin skinned people have become. How self-centered humanity is. How the saying of a word, can cause total havoc. How we allow ourselves to give power to a word.
Now I have to admit, I'm not some pious goody-two-shoes. I'm just as guilty. I've gotten hurt and pissed off when someone calls me a faggot or fudge packer or even homo. Although, when I was a kid, the favorite term was sissy. But by getting angry, and lashing back at the other person, I've given that person power over me.
The same is true with other groups who allow words to incite anger. Faggot, spic, kike, nigger, whore, .....they're all just words. It reminds me of the little childish rhyme, we were all taught as kids.......sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me. How is it we've forgotten this as we've matured into adults.
Or, is the reality, we use this as a way to propagate the general attitude of everything is someone else's fault. I don't have to take responsibility for my actions or be held accountable. As long as I can find someone else to blame, I can just wallow in my self-pity.
I guess this all stems from the fact, I'm tired of political correctness. I get really frustrated when I have to filter everything I say, for fear of offending someone. I'm at the point of saying, get over it. Stop being so sensitive.
Ok, my thought processes are getting swirled again, and have stopped flowing in a coherent pattern, so I should probably end this now.