Morning meditation 3.15.15

Nearly morning meditation:

On words…

Words don’t bother me. “bad words” / “cuss words”, that is. If I am going to care about what someone said to season their conversation, or to appropriately connect a socially deemed strong word to a strong feeling or a strong situation, I personally think my priorities are whack.

I should care about those dying of malnutrition,
I should care about those dying because they haven’t any clean drinking water,
I should care about those who have been martyred, who have been torn from their homes and homelands because some ruthless dictator has swept over their lands.
I should care about the gay son or lesbian daughter who is kicked out of home and church because their family, their church community, deem them “living in sin”.

And I do care about these people-related issues, and I am working on ways to care MORE, which is part of the reasons “bad words” / “cuss words” don’t bother me in the slightest. And guess what? God doesn’t care either.

Good morning y’all! I love you, but God loves you more!

For sooth, I doth spake like this-th – 16/28

In truth, I do speak like this…

I am a biased fan of Shakespeare, and by this I mean I am fond of The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, and Romeo and Juliet. Yes there are things that Shakespeare wrote, but I’m most familiar with.

Yet with some familiarity, there’s some obsessing on my part when it comes to Hamlet. Oh Hamlet, oh procrastinator-who-fails-to-kill-his-uncle-so-everyone-dies Hamlet. I “found” Shakespeare later on in life when I was a Sophomore in college with Michael O’Gorman who was energetic  and eccentric (the guy hated notebook paper fringe). His excitement for Shakespeare eventually became my own, and from there I learned in class and outside of class Shakespeare and his brand of English.

Because when it comes down to it, Shakespeare’s a man of odd words and phrases. He isn’t having Hamlet tell Ophelia “get thee to a nunnery” because he thinks of her as chaste or holy, that figure of speech essentially is a command to get over to a whorehouse you whore! Ouch, alas Ophelia drowned/completed suicide. There’s also a lot of zings within Shakespeare. “Frailty, thy name is woman” Ouch, that hurts and cuts deep. Shakespeare can also be downright macabre; “Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love.” While this is true, did you REALLY have to point it out Shakespeare? I could’ve gone without the imagery of decomposing and being eaten away by worms.

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So there you have it, as you like it…or not, some examples of Shakespearean English, which is pretty good all in all, especially if used in a modern context because it might give pause to thine enemy as to thinketh as to what thou art conveying in words, forsooth it’s a good thing.

~Nathanael~

P.S. Here’s a link for a website that translates what you have to say in English to Shakespearean. Enjoyeth! 🙂

A brief and partial defense of my use of using “bad words” in my blogs

I was recently talking to someone who noticed that occasionally I use “bad words” in my speech as well as in my writing. I will say this much, when it comes to so-called bad words it wasn’t my peers or the television that taught me these words, but rather my parents, not in a good context; I usually heard these words when they were fighting amongst each other. Still, I have to have some ownership in this, as I am the one saying/writing them, so here it goes.

I don’t believe there are bad words. Words are words, and they carry weight for better or worse, and that is how a word is valued and used or not used. Now one thing you should know about my usage of these words, they’re never uttered among impressionable young children who don’t get the weight of the words I am saying as a whole let alone a well-placed fuck or shit. Now my methodology is not full proof, there are times I say such words for the reaction, but I think a better portion of my times of using these words are in context and applicable.
Now because sometimes my circles are amongst followers of Christ who get offended by my use of these words I am willing to venture this; do you not say crud/crap, dang instead of damn, heck instead of hell, et al? Because here’s my thing, you might not put as much weight on these words but we all know what you’re saying with your lack of saying it.

Another thing I have thought about with the weight of words is that sometimes people focus on the words instead of a problem. I addressed people starving to death, people dying of unclean water sources…THAT is the bigger problem than how I put my sentences together with some words thrown in that leave some with a bad taste in their mouths. If you’re hung up by my use of these words instead of people dying, you may want to self-examine yourself. Profanity, if anything, is when we know of a problem that needs addressing and we don’t give a damn or don’t give a shit to address it and make the world a better place.

So please, if you have  a problem with the words I use, let me know but also know I will return the favor in addressing your complacency in letting people starve to death. If you are willing to sit back and not be a part of the solution you’re part of the problem, this is an issue I am constantly faced with as I know but don’t act 😦 This is one of my shortcomings in life, my language however is not.

~Nathanael~