January 27th, 2007

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Meditation

Missed last night, so I get to do it twice today.

For most of the session, my breath felt ... compressed and fast, like I was forcing air in and out of my chest.

I thought some about SWAT teams, and about the morality of even detaining an innocent person. I thought it better to allow several murderers to go free than to convict an innocent.

I breathed a bit, and counted. Then thought about the movie Cars for a bit.

Wanted to chastize myself for having missed yesterday, and kept falling into the trap of critically analyzing my meditation, while I was doing it. Kept reminding myself that I wasn't supposed to be making judgements, just sitting and observing what is. [Hmm. That's a judgement in itself. It's far too easy to fall into these traps, and dig myself in deeper while attempting to get out!]

Breathed a bit more, and struggled to focus on breaths and the count. Wanted to drift off. Noted that I was drifting off, and shook myself awake, several times. Then the timer went off.

-- Des
I am me

So I'll probably get flamed for this, but...

Most of the time, I agree with what the GLBT activist community has to say. But once in a great while, they come up with some complaint I consider totally absurd.

Autumn Sandeen over at Pam's House Blend complained about a segment of Glenn Beck's opinion show on CNN:

BECK: But anyway, Dave, what is the-what is the controversy? One of the guys called another guy a naughty name.

GLOVER: Yes. Basically you have Isaiah Washington, who's one of the stars of the show, who referred to one of his co-stars during a heated argument as a derogatory term for a gay man that starts with "F", rhymes with maggot. Did it a couple more times after that. And do you like how I did that?

BECK: Yes.

GLOVER: And?

BECK: Do you know that "The New York Times" wouldn't even print-I mean, we can say the word. We're having an adult conversation here. Wouldn't even print the word "faggot."

GLOVER: Right.

BECK: Wouldn't print it. I find that amazing.


She seems to argue that Beck was out of line in using the word "faggot" in that context. I don't think he was, and I honestly don't understand why the entire community is getting its panties in a bunch over a word. Sure, the word represents an offensive, disrespectful concept. But Beck wasn't even using the word to refer to that concept.

Anyway, I posted a comment in response, which I will reproduce here:

Are there more uses of the word you haven't posted here?

Frankly, I don't find his use of the term in the snippet you posted at all offensive. They were having a discussion on the meaning and usage of a word, not using the word to insult GLBT people.

Do I dislike it when people use the word in a derogatory sense? Absolutely -- it makes my skin crawl. But it's quite possible to be just as derogatory and offensive toward gay people without using that word at all. It's also possible to discuss the word "faggot"--as I am doing--without harboring any ill will whatsoever toward GLBT people. (I'd hope I don't harbor any; I am one. :p)

A word is a sound, or a collection of visual symbols. Nothing more. The meanings we assign to such things are entirely arbitrary. There is nothing inherently "bad" or "wrong" about words themselves, *no matter how evil the concept they represent may be*. Mr. Beck was discussing the word itself, not using it for the concept it represents.

Unless there is more to the transcript than you posted, I don't think you have any basis for claiming offense. If there IS more, I'd like to see it, so I can revise my comments appropriately.


Flame on. =P [But if you got to this post from somewhere not on my friends list, be aware that I do not tolerate abusive or disrespectful comments in my journal, whatever your position happens to be.]

-- Des
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