August 13, 2007

I'm worried…

I’ve forgotten how to be rude. It’s worrying. It feels like I can’t defend myself. I used to be a master of offensive language in my high school, all sorts of cruel and yet witty similes, metaphors and curses used to float to the surface of my brain waiting to be picked up and thrown at whoever was not pleasing me. I haven’t practised that unique skill of mine for quite some time and now I’ve realised I’d lost it! I can’t think of anything that would classify as good verbal abuse. It’s gotten trickier. Calling people names just makes you sound pathetic and childish and plays a joke on yourself. How do adults go about offending each other? And why do I feel defenceless without this ability to be nasty? What would it give me even if I were able to be nasty at will? Is it so necessary to have that invisible verbal sword or do people learn to get by without it? Perhaps that’s what being civilized entails!

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