CUTTING BOTH WAYS
Teaching us diplomacy and providing a way to keep us out of continual scrapes, fights and altercations, mom taught us the childhood adage
"sticks and stones may break my bones-
but words will never hurt me."
How I wish that were still true. Maybe it would be if only we all lived that reality. But words have power and the meaning can hurt.
An NBA star is in trouble and has been fined for something he said. The phrase "no homo" derives from a black idiom, complicated by African American attitudes about gay life, but has mutated in use to where in the macho world of professional athletes it meant to imply something else and was not meant in disrespect, though it could be offensive to some. No harm intended, but offense could be taken. Such is the tyranny of political correctness especially in the hyper amplified world where big name stardom and social media meet.
I don't know if it is an improvement that we now are more aware of our language skills and word choices and sensitive to their impact, or if we have just netted ourselves in a time and place where, despite intent, a word or phrase can lead to a knee jerk type of social persecution.
I'm inclined to think we must indeed be wise in our word choice, but still there was so much wisdom-and hassle avoidance, in that old childhood retort.
SO LET'S JUST GET AWAY FROM PEOPLE
Big Sur-Lime Kiln Canyon-One of the world's special places
A simple pleasure is to hike from where water falls out of the mountains to where it runs into the Pacific.
Here, words and language seem secondary.
See you down the trail.