I saw the sign…

♪𝅘𝅥 and it opened up my mind…  ♪♫

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Hmm. I’m trying not to read too much into this sign… but its hard. For some reason it reminds me of that Randall Munroe…. eh… Monroe? (I’m going to have to look it up) Munroe comic.

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I have a complicated relationship with these six panels. I realize you can’t (really) do a deep dive on free speech with a medium like this… and some days I think thats okay. Other days this comic irritates me, especially when its bandied about like an excuse for bad behavior. It likely depends (like most things in my life) on my caloric intake at that particular moment and my state of caffeinated-ness… both of which, if maxed out, make me much more genteel and accommodating.

In any event. I too want to exist.

 

Comments

  1. Oh the times I’ve been in the company of another’s free speech and thinking “SHUT THE …. UP!” and yet to be polite and because the person needs to vent, I’ve stayed level eyebrows, calm composure and said nothing. For my mother taught me “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me”.

    1. More stoic philosophy! (I am obviously a massive fan) Ha ha. Yeah, there is always a choice. And a decision always needs to be made, ‘Am I offended by these words’. If one decides not to be offended, then one… simply isn’t.

      1. If I can replace the word offended with upset, then we’re in the reality of not being able to decide. For I can decide all I like about what I consider offends me, but have not much control over what upsets me. For then I have to rely on being false not to blow a fuse and domino the upsetness.

      2. Know your audience is also a good saying. I overlook a lot of angry words, but if you wanted me to list actions that actually upset me a lot, then we’d have to step into the dark vaults of animal cruelty justified by the taste for meat or child ~~~~ (private parts) being removed due to barbaric customs or vulnerable older adult being ~~~~ etc… You see I’ve censored and yet these are just words. To some just portraying them in type or verbalising the words would be considered offensive. However, I say the actions are the offensive things and we have to say the words to the right audience, to get those barbaric actions stopped!

  2. … 𝙸’𝚖 𝚐𝚘𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝙰𝚌𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝙱𝚊𝚜𝚎 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚠𝚎𝚎𝚔. 𝚃𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚔𝚜, 𝙹𝚘. 🕊

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