The Power of Words

25 01 2009

I believe that words have the power we give them and just that.

I come from a planet where what you say is important but how you say it is just as important. So the words may have different meanings depending on the intention given when they are used. calling somebody fat can be offensive or a term of endearment.

I sometimes find myself repressing what I am going to say because I don’t know if I may be offending somebody. This country’s political correctness might be too repressive for my taste. You can’t say fat, it has to be overweight, no blind but visually impaired. Why are we so sensitive to words that we created?

We go as far as to have a funeral for a word and forbid people to use it. To me that gives that word a lot more power. That word is so powerful that people only dare to say N-word, only a certain group of people are allowed to use it. If anybody else uses it, the entire society goes up in arms. It is absurd!!

I went to a training to understand gay issues and I learned so much about what they go through; but one of the things that strikes me the most is that they told me that the were reclaiming the word “Queer”. They told me that this word was used to offend gays and that they were reclaiming it to take away that offensive meaning. I thought that was brilliant!

If we took away the meaning of words, that are not even the real meaning of those words, that were just  meanings given by people that were trying to make others feel angry, offended, minimized, we would be taking the power away from them.

Recently I got a comment to a posting called Illegal Immigration-Mexico’s double talk… this comment used the word “Beaners”, I responded back asking what that means, I know is a derogatory way of calling Mexicans, Latinos, Hispanics, illegal immigrants, I am not sure if is some of those or all, usually people that use terms in that way would not make a distinction between groups.

I am not offended because beaners doesn’t have any meaning or value to me, but I am curious to know what he was trying to say with that.

From my alien point of view, we should stop giving words so much power and start being more honest and open. We cannot be liked by everyone and we are bound to either offend or feel offended by what another person does or says. Let get rid of the egg shels and start communicating for real, lets clear the miss understandings and stop assuming.


What’s up with the Jews?

19 01 2009

I have been trying to understand why some people hate Jewish people so much and I do not understand. Throughout history different groups have had it against them and I would like to know why.

I have searched and read books and can’t find a satisfactory answer. I read that Hitler used the “they killed Jesus” excuse, which I have heard from some Christians.

Really, the killed Jesus, really?!?!?! That is your excuse? Maybe you might not want to rember that Jesus was Jewish… And further more, are you going to blame a entire group of people for the doings of a small group?

Now the Arab world, do they hate Jews because of the creation of the State of Israel? Why do they deny that the Holocaust happened? does anybody know?

If there is somebody out there that can explain to me, why this group of human beings has been singled out by so many different groups over the years, please let me know.


First Anniversary

18 01 2009

Last year when I started this blog I did not know what to expect or if I would still be writing a year later and here I am. I have met wonderful people, learned a lot, ranted (a little), and I am still here.

Thank you to my three faithful readers, you know who you are. Thank you to all that had posted comments, even if they did not agree with me, you have sparked the conversation.

Thank you for accompanying me in this journey, I hope not to bore you too much.

Keep reading, who knows, maybe one day I will say something really clever; you won’t want to miss that 😉

Happy Anniversary!!!