Posted by: thewoobdog | May 1, 2007

Euphemism

euphemism • \YOO-fuh-miz-um\ • noun

: the substitution of an agreeable or inoffensive expression for one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant; also : the expression so substituted

You know, there is an increasingly apparent deterioration in American society – it used to be that generosity and altruism were the norm, that a man’s word was his honor, and people were more important than money.  We are moving at a breathtakingly breakneck speed away from common decency and consideration, away from that golden rule that was drilled into the children of my generation – ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’.  Now the rule that governs our children and is espoused by our media is the (oft-quoted and cliche) ‘do unto others before they have a chance to do unto you.’  In other words, snatch and grab whatever you can before someone else gets it or you may not get your ‘fair’ share.  Fight for your ‘rights’, however detrimental to the rights of others.  What is your ‘right’?  Why do gay people have ‘rights’?  Why do women have ‘rights’?  Why does every ethnicity with the exception of normal American mongrel have ‘rights’?  When white heterosexual males stand up for their ‘rights’, they are shot down as bigoted and racist and called every epithet in the book.  Granted, many of said males are bigoted and racist and maybe the names fit, but why is it an issue that they want their ‘rights’?  Why is every religion tolerated with such open-minded equanimity except the religion this country was founded by?  Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, etc., are all great and expressing their freedom of religion when they demand ‘rights’ – yet Christianity is greeted with open ridicule and scorned as close-minded.  Anyone reading the tenets of any religion would find reason to call it close-minded, yet the term is rarely applied to them. 

Main Entry: ego·cen·tric
Pronunciation: “E-gO-‘sen-trik also “e-
Function: adjective
1 : concerned with the individual rather than society
2 : taking the ego as the starting point in philosophy
3 a : limited in outlook or concern to one’s own activities or needs b : SELF-CENTERED, SELFISH

Most people would not call themselves ‘egocentric’.  They have other names – self-sufficient, independent, empowered, self-reliant. When did we learn to disguise our greed with such pretty euphemisms?  We call it by many names, but our society teaches ‘self’ as the only reality.  America is becoming frighteningly egocentric.  Our children are taught to ‘look out for number one’.  Kindergarteners now learn to read and write and add, but no longer learn the higher elements of sharing and cooperation.  Even the Army ads, which used to emphasize the importance of teamwork, now use the slogan ‘An army of one’.  Our youth go on killing sprees because the world has treated them so unfairly.  Do they ever wonder how they have treated the world?  When do we become responsible for our actions, in a society where every action can be considered an exercise of a ‘right’?  Your right to swing your fist ends where my face begins.  I have a right not to be hit – do you have a right to hit me?  Where is the dividing line between rights and wrongs?

Where have our principles gone?  Is it okay to hurt someone just because there isn’t a law against it?  Are we becoming a society of lawyers, learning to find all the loopholes in the laws because as long as we operate in those loopholes, our actions must be justified?  Do we not see that we are careering blindly to a society so bound by rules that we bring ourselves into total domination by government?  Big Brother is coming… and we invited him.

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