Avoid: (v) to keep away from or stop oneself from doing.
Our parents were certainly more concerned about the things we should avoid than the things we could enjoy.
The acceptable objects they passed our way either looked like peas or had the appeal of a bowl of them.
The things they told us to avoid sparkled, plugged in, looked like candy or just screamed potential glee.
In that way we were immediately instructed from our diapers that good things are important but boring, and bad things are dangerous but deliriously enjoyable.
I still have a list of things in my life I avoid–but my way of determining what to avoid is no longer based on being electrocuted or poisoned.
Here’s my test for what to avoid:
I avoid all things or objects which instruct me to avoid. What do I mean by that?
- I avoid bigoted people because they want me to avoid people they are bigoted against.
- I avoid drugs because they want me to avoid precious independence of choice and decisions that I treasure.
- I decided a long time ago that I don’t need a glass of alcohol to be sociable.
- I don’t need to take LSD to find God.
- And I don’t need to hate people of color so I can appreciate my bleached-out complexion.
It may have seemed like a good idea to pass a law of Prohibition against alcoholic beverages, but every time we try to avoid, we end up spending a lot of time with avoiders.
And they are the ones who are disgruntled about being cheated out of fun and determined to spoil the joy in the lives of everyone around them.
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