I Abstain From The Act Of Swearing (Originally Published On 11/2/2018)

So, here we are again. Yes, I'm sure the title got your attention as it was supposed to, and this won't be a very misleading piece because of the subject matter. While it appears a lot of folks, at some point, develop what could be perceived as the necessity to speak both their mind and their feeling, one must admit that the former is likely the more important of the two; the sensationaling, and for that matter pandering to, feelings.doesn't always have a specified result, it could be predicted sometimes. I don't stay away from subjects that could necessitate a further explanation, nor do I pick subject based on the controversy surrounding them. talk ut I have been taking some time to reassess my own reasons for some of the things I do and I often find myself working on some project and this subject inevitably comes up in my mind. It is not one I want to ignore, nor is it one that can easily be dismissed if we can, as I would suspect, attach values to whatever we see fit.

One could suppose that the purpose of the choice to use profanity is to not merely offer a communicative effort to another, which it could be at times, but perhaps it could also be to emotionally charge the effort thereby altering the communicative process itself or, in a sense, polluting the conversation. This is not to say there is no use for profanity, or swears/ cuss words; I would only suggest that narrowing the nomanclature fails to offer the intellectually diverse an opportunity to participate in the dialogue.

The principle of not swearing can probably be best found in the age old adage: it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt. This is the foundation for the concept of wholesome language, which is a well earned virtue.

There are, in general, 4 types of situations where swears are likely to occur in some way:

1 - A Foul Mouth

This is typically found when one allows the boundaries put in place by either society or intellect to dissolve and be replaced by the whims of the ones own mind. This inevitably goes nowhere.

2 - Emphasis

These are the swears most commonly found within arguments, and are used to stir the emotional plea being made. Unlike the typical Foul Mouth swears, emphatic swears are much more likely to be 'crimes of passion' as opposed to 'blind allegiance', though some do try to blur these lines. This is a by product of disabling ones decency filter.

3 - Euphemism

This is one of the more tricky areas when dealing with the subject of profanity because most folks don't count words used to replace profanity to be profanity, which I would tend to agree with. I do think this is representative of most people's philosophy and indicative of their intent. This is likely the most thought out position.

4 - Emergency

Finally, there is the situation where the swear slips out; honestly, it happens. It's more than a tactic at this point, and it doesn't mean you have a wide, bottomless abyss instead of a soul. Just about every person I know has, in some situation, used a swear. This is simply a step away from the discipline one undertakes to completely abstain.

Let me be clear: I am not writing this to convince you to not swear or cuss or use profanity; this is more of my reason for choose to commit to not use profanity. I do believe there is a time and a place for it, but the everyday, public setting is not either. In short, the reason I choose to not swear is best phrased as follows: vulgarity is no substitute for wit.

Thank you for reading.


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