Which would you rather have? A chaotic, dangerous world that had no rhyme or reason to it or a law enforcement-controlled, sticler society? It’s a question I often wonder about. What would it be like if there were no rules? Well, to do that, I just look at all of the world leaders. It seems no matter what they do, there are little consequences. Certain leaders could gas half their country and they’ld be looked at as heroes, mostly because the other half does not want to be gased as well. But look at our president. If he wants to go to war, he goes to war. It doesn’t matter what the reason is and as long as he gets approval from Congress, he can go ahead into war, even if it’s just to bully a smaller country into submission. It’s like anything he wants to do, he does and gets away with it.
Let’s face it. The only reason most people (not including myself) don’t do things that are considered wrong don’t because they fear of being punished for what they did. Otherwise, there would be no reason not to, unless they have a conscience. But if one day the law enforcement was abolished, there would be an insane amount of chaos and everything would go downhill. Up would be down, black would be white. We’d be so out of it, it would be like we’re no better than the rest of the animals, but they never kill one another. But just imagine what would happen. There would be terrible things going on, but I do retain my thoughts that some people wouldn’t change their behavior at all, except to ensure their survival in a much harsher world. A world like this would have lower life expectency and all that stuff, so maybe it’s not the best thing to go about doing.
I’m kind of segueing this into censorship on television and radio. What would an abolishment of censorship do to those media outlets? Would every show all of the sudden swear three hundred times an episode or would they be exactly the same. I know that some people value censorship because of their children. They don’t want their children to be exposed to bad language on television, even thouggh they are exposed to it at school. Eventually, they are going to be exposed, so why not just get it out of the way. The same goes with nudity. Did you know in other countries, it’s no big thing to see a naked human on TV? It’s commonplace. Because they make it seem so bad in America, one slip-up by Janet Jackson in the Super Bowl can totally throw a nation into preoccupation.
But we are starting to get away with more. Cable channels and pay channels are allowing more foul language on TV, which isn’t necessarily a good thing all the time, but sometimes a script calls for something to really exentuate the mood. And you can’t do that with TV-safe words all the time. You have to go outside the structured box and understand that once in awhile there should be some flexibility in the FCC’s regulations. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard the phrase, “Sticks and stones maybreak my bones, but words can never hurt me.” If the people who said this really believe this, then there wouldn’t be so many complaints every time the word “shit” or “fuck” appears on netword TV.
What I’m really defending here is the First Amendment. I have a right to say what I want to say how I want to say it. And there should be nothing you can do to stop me. Sure, I may not even choose to swear at all if I get on TV, but I should at least have the possibility. No, it won’t crate chaos. It will just allow for people to express themselves in a manner that is true to them. I’m tired of people judging someone every time they let out a profanity.
Just last night, I was at work and I was about to go home and a woman who works there was counting my register and another woman that works there was standing beside her and they were talking and one let out the word “fuck.” The other woman said, “You’d better put a quarter in the swear jar. We don’t tolerate profanity here.” Now, I’m one who hardly ever swears at work unless it’s under my breath. I’ve done my share of that. I also swear sometimes to one person that works there to enahnce the conversation. But I don’t do it that much the same way I don’t say “exentuate my bustline” that much. They’re all just words. I use different words in different frequencies. Not because I was conditioned to do so, but because I have ways to express myself in a more poignant manner than the swear words. And that’s fine for me. But other people who can get their point across with a swear word have every right to do so without being judged.
So just remember that all words should be created equal and that no matter how someone says something, they should be able to do it. You know, I don’t think I swore in this whole post except for the examples of words I used. That’s just great. Peace.