I curse, swear, and use ‘profane’ language less on the internet than I do IRL. Why? Perhaps I value you and the anonymous masses over people I know. Perhaps I just have no respect ‘real’ people. Perhaps it is because the internet is eternal.
I honestly don’t have an answer. Given my opinion on words, I’m not sure.
First off, I don’t care about words. Talk is cheap.
- A personal dislike of mine is hypocrisy. I suppose many dislike it, but I REALLY despise it. Words hold the capacity to make hypocrisy easy.
- Words are heard by the blind, and Actions by the deaf. What I mean by this is that (through my observations of the world) it seems that many people don’t look at what others do around them, be it good or bad, but these people can hear the most empty of speech and find it an absolute. On the contrary you have people who won’t listen to words, but see and understand what happens around them, yet don’t communicate the need to act.
- Words are empty. They change meaning all the time. They are like money. They only have the power that people give them.
- Witchcraft is real. Building off the last point, if a magic user were able to speak an incantation and control someone’s mind, is that not the same as a speaker persuading his/her audience to their view?
So why am I’m so much more ‘civilized’ online?
There isn’t anything wrong with cursing. They’re just words. I suppose it’s the mark of a man to slow to find a better adjective or exclamation.
Is it the typing? Do I have more time to ponder my meaning before I say it when typing it out? I suppose this answer is some what satisfactory. When I write I allow my emotions and words to travel out of my fingertips, and the extra distance gives them time to get ready (yes, I did just equivocate my nervous system to a walking distance).
Words are fascinating though. We, as people, turned our need to communicate issues with one another and combined it with our vocal abilities. Now we have systems of sounds to communicate ideas far more complex than needed.
Although it is a shame it’s not more suited for deep expression. We built language out of, “look, food. Fire good.” We didn’t build it to discuss the nature of reality. At times, I find myself jaw agape, and hand continuously motioning or thrusting at a comrade trying to convey a feeling or thought via telepathy.
The original ending of this post was a haiku composed of words of ill repute. Yet I found it most repugnant when I was done writing it. I have no Idea why I can’t do it. I have no problem cursing when I’m away from the keyboard.
I wanted to have an answer as to why I don’t cuss online. I still don’t. Fuck.