I believe in drinking as a social lubricant. That being said, I just chugged a beer alone in my room. I think that if you drink “socially” as in just because everyone else is doing it, you’re a tool. I don’t think many people drink alcohol purely for the taste. Why do I live? Fuck if I know. Hope is in short supply these days.
Question: Why are you so fucking offensive? Today’s question brought to you by: Everyone I have ever met.
“The only time that people think is when they are offended.”
Now, this is an overstatement, but only slightly so. Human beings are lazy creatures. Whether this is the case because of our inherent nature or whether it has been bred into us by our most benevolent ruling class is a topic for another time, but the fact remains that in general human beings are lazy. So what cure can there be? How can one give this human beast, blinded by the desire for its own selfish comfort. The intellectual will make some kind of undoubtedly brilliant argument touching on the many reasons laziness is such a waste. Even among other intellectuals this turns into a circlejerk one way or another and little progress is shown. In my experience either the group of academics will agree, make whorish concessions to one another, or agree to disagree. If even intellectuals barely scrape the surface of original and critical thought by this route, then how can a commoner be expected to grow significantly from it?
I propose a more vulgar approach and as such it is rejected at first sight by the powers that be. There is a twofold reason for this: they want to appear more refined and “progressive” than sheer obscenity and they fear the power of crude and obscene language, citing its so called danger. But the facts remain. If these power-holders were in fact more progressive, they would have a better way to push the common people to the level of critical thought and self-actualization; they do not. And when it comes to the danger of strong, obscene, and threatening language, that perceived danger is the only way to bring the aloof and lazy common men and women to understand who they are as individuals, what they believe in, and how they might reflect this in their actions.
Do I wish that each Taosian could feel absolutely safe in this place, their home? Of course I do, but to believe it is so would be foolish and mere self-deception. Absolute safety cannot be created in any society, but Taos is self-policing enough to prevent or snuff out with all swiftness any significant acts intended to harm one of our own. Language can scare you (and it should!); it can incite violence and hate; this cannot be denied, but that which breeds these ills also tempers strong moral character and produces strong intellectual arguments almost instantaneously, because one’s opinion immediately requires solid argument when spurred by one’s offended conscience.
I will give you the example of Yashar’s mocking of the homeless. Whether or not it was funny is a subjective matter. Some, perhaps were not offended in the least, because they believe that the homeless deserve to starve in the grimy corners of the world. At the very least, these people have looked upon this small example of the shirking of political correctness and deduced an opinion. Others feel a deep sympathy with the homeless for whatever reason. These may or may not have been offended by it and may or may not have found the article humorous. Either way, I think those who sympathize with the homeless only do so more from reading the article. Laughing at an atrocity does not necessarily denote a denial that it is in fact an atrocity. A cynic must find something to laugh at. After all, how else can he or she carry on? I posit that even the cynic has his core belief on the matter further solidified by offensive language.
Offensive language, you see, whether or not it is universally successful in offending everyone significantly, is effective in bringing just about anyone to think critically, if only for a moment in the privacy of the mind. I hesitate to give more examples, not out of fear of your hurt feelings, but out of fear that those feelings may have caused our dear fledgling Taosian editor to don the censor’s cap.
End Notes:  I should not hesitate to use the unisex “men” here.  I curse the use of gendered nouns in foreign tongues, but dear god does it make for fewer feminist arguments for a default pronoun. “His or her” lacks conciseness and “its” goes in and out of vogue in the world of the lingual pedant.  I mean this in the sense of being a fraud. “Oh you’ll support my idea, if I support yours? Well, you do make a very good point…”  It is rejected for the very reason that it is vulgar,i.e. common, because the powerholders shudder to think of being seen as vulgar and revel in their power over the rabble. They do not put themselves in the shoes of the commoner, because the only reason they sought power was to be above him.  The power-holders, that is elected officials and the minority of overactive users of democratic power.
This will be more of a challenge since I haven’t attended more than thrice a week all semester and I am like three weeks behind in my workbook. Fuck that class. We don’t learn there. It just gives me horribly anxiety. And half the times I do attend he just goes on about how poetry is stupid. Why does that always come up. He doesn’t teach any poetry. Fucking frat douche professor.
I’m going to catch up in my workbook and ace the next test. They just want a letter saying where I am in learning the language. I get B’s on everything without studying at all anyway. This should turn out okay, especially since I don’t really have to write more of my paper until the weekend. Please let me register for the other professor next semester. He wrote a book on verbs and he constantly ragged on his former ivy league students from when he taught at Harvard.
My midterm paper being on time and my being concerned about my grade
is totally going to win me bonus points with this professor, which I need because this is my second class with him, and I need a letter of recommendation from him for a study abroad grant. Just emailed him my thesis statement. Preparing to free up time to go to office hours. I will have a glowing letter. I. Will. Go. To. Kazan.
And I made an A in his last class anyway. Plus I’m a fucking Russian major. He’s always begging people to take Russian.
Make no mistake, I am made of all the same rot and filth as every other man. It lives in my blood and in my bones. It pervades my very being, but I have the decency to be ashamed; that is the only thing that separates me from the rest of them.
TONI MORRISON: The Pain Of Being Black or (Stop Policing Black Sexuality and Reproductive Habits)
Interviewer:In one of your books you described young black men who say, "We have found the whole business of being black and men at the same time too difficult." You said that they then turned their interest to flashy clothing and to being hip and abandoned the responsibility of trying to be black and male.
Toni Morrison:I said they took their testicles and put them on their chest. I don't know what their responsibility is anymore. They're not given the opportunity to choose what their responsibilities are. There's 60% unemployment for black teenagers in this city. What kind of choice is that?
Interviewer:This leads to the problem of the depressingly large number of single-parent households and the crisis in unwed teenage pregnancies. Do you see a way out of that set of worsening circumstances and statistics?
Toni Morrison:Well, neither of those things seems to me a debility. I don't think a female running a house is a problem, a broken family. It's perceived as one because of the notion that a head is a man. Two parents can't raise a child any more than one. You need a whole community -- everybody -- to raise a child. The notion that the head is the one who brings in the most money is a patriarchal notion, that a woman -- and I have raised two children, alone -- is somehow lesser than a male head. Or that I am incomplete without the male. This is not true. And the little nuclear family is a paradigm that just doesn't work. It doesn't work for white people or for black people. Why we are hanging onto it, I don't know. It isolates people into little units -- people need a larger unit.
Interviewer:And teenage pregnancies?
Toni Morrison:Everybody's grandmother was a teenager when they got pregnant. Whether they were 15 or 16, they ran a house, a farm, they went to work, they raised their children.
Interviewer:But everybody's grandmother didn't have the potential for living a different kind of life. These teenagers -- 16, 15 -- haven't had time to find out if they have special abilities, talents. They're babies having babies.
Toni Morrison:The child's not going to hurt them. Of course, it is absolutely time consuming. But who cares about the schedule? What is this business that you have to finish school at 18? They're not babies. We have decided that puberty extends to what -- 30? When do people stop being kids? The body is ready to have babies, that's why they are in a passion to do it. Nature wants it done then, when the body can handle it, not after 40, when the income can handle it.