If you’re like me, you’re pretty much raging out full time; a sort of walking PSA on the dangers of anabolic steroids. I know I could just stop raging out, but I think I would have a heart attack or something. Not that I take anabolic steroids, but anyway…
I’ve been culturally enabled to call things stupid. I’ve been permitted to call people idiots quite frequently, morons, etc. After some growing, I’ve realized that it’s a huge mistake on my part. I don’t actually have any beef with people who have non-average brains. The overwhelming majority of problems in the world are caused by average brain people and perhaps a nontrivial component of evil geniuses. The rest of the people are mostly too occupied by the struggle to cause much harm, as you’ll see in any dramatically uneven power dynamic. So basically, I’ve been causing damage to people who are totally innocent, who are already dealing with some shit, with whom I have no quarrel, and that will be forever tallied in my life’s list of shitty deeds. I can’t undo any of that, but I can stop adding to the list, at least, so that’s what I’ll endeavor to do. Sorry folks. I’m not the greatest, but hopefully I will reach an acceptable level of humanity if I keep chipping away at my privilege.
So without further ado, some unkind things I am reminding myself to say to people who are just not getting the point, without hurting people who have non-average brains. If you want to, you may join me:
The key, I think, is to look for other explanations.
Too busy with trivial/embarrassing shit to be perceptive
Example: “while you were busy doing too much acid at a shitty rave, you may have missed”
“I know a lot of your energy is tied up in watching toddlers and tiaras, but”
“Maybe if you weren’t overwhelmed by your own bloodlust for oppressed persons, it might occur to you”
Unable to sense obvious things due to being up one’s own or someone else’s ass
Example: “clearly your head is so far up your own ass that you can’t tell…”
“to continue this conversation, I will need you to first extract your head from your own ass”
“if you didn’t have your head all the way up Rush Limbaugh’s ass”
This person is ridiculous/silly/whimsical
“while I understand how this kind of logic may pay out for you when you’re turning over leaves in the forest looking for fairies…”
“and in fantasy land, (person) is right all the time, and just kowtowing to (person’s) outrageous whims makes all the wounds of the world gently close like a flower in reverse-bloom”
“and what planet is it that you are from, again?”
“where’s the hidden camera? This can’t be an actual thing”
What are your go-tos?