Aversion: (n) a strong dislike or disinclination.
My prejudices are not more precious and beautiful simply because they’re hatched in my well-cared-for mental factory.
I know this.
Yet I wonder sometimes if scolding my personal attitudes that seem distasteful might not be a futile action, considering the fact that some of the things I dislike just might be universally annoying.
But I don’t like stereotypes. Stereotypes exist because specific sounds, attitudes and stupidities blare out at us–often at piercing decibels.
Is it possible to address things that are human-unfriendly without coming across as either a bigot or completely out of step with the progress of society?
For you see, I have some strong aversions. I usually keep them to myself. Why? Because I think they’re prejudices. But part of the time, I also think they’re intelligent insights which just might help the human race to truly evolve instead of monkeying around by accepting the ridiculous.
I will share them with you, understanding that I may come across as bizarre or arcane:
- I do not like it when young girls talk like they live in Southern California near the beach, unable to correctly form consonants.
- While we’re still on the talking situation, if I found myself to be a person of color, I would do everything in my power to cease speaking with a Southern accent, thereby impersonating my former oppressors.
- Fat people should not eat at buffets. Put it in a carryout box and take it home. For since I am a fat person, I am fully aware that if I don’t eat slowly and lightly at the buffet, everyone in the room will assume they understand the heights and depths of my gluttony.
- Women cannot achieve equality by insisting they are superior to men.
- Men cannot achieve equality by pretending in front of their friends that they think women are smarter than men.
- I think black Americans do a disservice to themselves by referring to their race as African-American. There isn’t any one of them who would last five minutes on the African continent.
- I would like to live in a world where rock and roll music can be enjoyed without buying into the culture of drugs, illicit sex and profane lyrics.
- I think rap music should be allowed but should be considered just as seriously as one values an organ recital at your church. In other words, you’re glad it’s there because it enhances the culture, but you probably won’t show up.
- Anyone who is political is unhelpful. Life is not political–it’s unpredictable. And if you’re not prepared to make adjustments toward what works, you will get trapped into what doesn’t.
- Stop telling me that you have found a solution to a problem only to tell me next week that the solution offered ends up causing cancer.
There are 10 right off the top of my head without even breaking a sweat.
Wait! There’s an 11th:
People who tell me that breaking a sweat will make me healthier… who end up in the emergency room with pulled muscles, broken bones and heart attacks.
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