Language: Beauty and Beast

Language is the ultimate form of communication whether written, spoken, or expressed in movements of hands. It can be beautiful or ugly, inciting emotions such as joy, trust, and surprise or sadness, disgust, and fear. Language truly matters and allows for self expression, giving everyone the opportunity share thoughts and feelings. In 1993, Toni Morrison said in her acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature: “Language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names. Language alone is meditation.”

I am in love with Patriot Act by Hasan Minhaj on Netflix. Yes, I’m a conservative, white woman from middle-class, gun-toting America (yet not a Trump supporter), but he is intense, funny, intelligent, and on point for current news. However, I stumbled upon his Deep Cut clips on YouTube where he takes audience questions and I was extremely disappointed to hear so much cursing from him and his guests. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve heard him curse on the show, but the clips are a different story. On top of that, knowing he is a devout Muslim, it seriously bothers me that he uses the name of Christ so easily.

The use of profanity in everyday conversation has become pervasive, especially with Gen Xers’ and millennials, but others as well. Far too many well-known celebrities and politicians use profanity in their daily dialogue. It seems to be a badge of honor for the Hollywood crowd.

Part of the argument is that swearing allows someone to express themselves as individuals. Self expression is a key point of language but how about standing out as an individual with the ability to express yourself in better language? The claim is that we should stop putting importance on swearing because they’re just words; we give the power of certain words to be bad. While that claim is true, words do have power and it is not possible to suddenly change the power of those words. The basis of profanity is the fact that the words are used in idleness. They’re easier to use, come to the tongue more quickly, generally without thought of respect. Allowing yourself to be lazy in words brings your overall mind to laziness which can bring it into your daily life.

I was raised in a Christian home, but with a rebellious nature such as mine, the desire to learn and use vulgar vocabulary was easy to complete. There were some periods of time where I used some profanity quite easily, but it never sat comfortably. Even today, a word might slip especially when I stub a toe and I have caught myself allowing a word slip here and there at work or with certain friends because of the current sway of popularity. I feel like I have to challenge myself to be different from the rest of the popular crowd – I don’t want to be part of the ignorant masses.

As always,
Single Mormon Lady

P.S. Enjoy some of my favorite words below:

Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility:
“I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.”

William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116:
Sonnet 116

William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing:
Benedick: Then is courtesy a turncoat. But it is certain I am loved of all ladies, only you excepted: and I would I could find in my heart that I had not a hard heart; for, truly, I love none.

Beatrice: A dear happiness to women: they would else have been troubled with a pernicious suitor. I thank God and my cold blood, I am of your humor for that: I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me.

1 Corinthians 2:5
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass:
“Libraries were full of ideas ― perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

Dead Poets Society:
“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”

Arthur Golden, Memoirs Of A Geisha:
“The heart dies a slow death, shedding each hope like leaves until one day there are none. No hopes. Nothing remains.”

r.h. Sin:
she has the mindset
of a Queen
and the heart
of a warrior

she is everything
all at once
and too much
for anyone who
doesn’t deserve her

she is you

L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables:
“Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.”

Sarah J Maas, Heir of Fire:
“It would not take a monster to destroy a monster ― but light, light to drive out darkness.”

NF, Leave Me Alone:
Lyrics

Jim Butcher, Proven Guilty:
“When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching – they are your family.”

Lois Lowry, Number the Stars:
“And they are beginning to realize that the world they live in is a place where the right thing is often hard, sometimes dangerous, and frequently unpopular.”

Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:
“Friendship – my definition- is built on two things. Respect and trust. Both elements have to be there. And it has to be mutual. You can have respect for someone, but if you don’t have trust, the friendship will crumble.”

Nora Roberts, Face the Fire:
“I admire independence. The world would be a stronger place if we were all capable of handling life on our own. But being capable of it doesn’t mean being unable to share and depend on someone else. It shouldn’t mean being unwilling to. That’s the romance.”

Kate Quinn, Mistress of Rome:
“I undertake to be burnt by fire, to be bound in chains, to be beaten by rods, and to die by the sword.”

Maria V. Snyder, Poison Study:
“Everyone makes choices in life. Some bad, some good. It’s called living, and if you want to bow out, then go right ahead. But don’t do it halfway. Don’t linger in whiner’s limbo.”

Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Language of Flowers:
“Your behavior is a choice; it isn’t who you are.”

Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury:
“When you spend so long trapped in darkness, Lucien, you find that the darkness begins to stare back.”

Amita Trasi, The Color of Our Sky:
“The truth remains quiet inside us, floundering like a battered bird, desperately wanting to spread its wings and fly away.”

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