Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Words?
wouldn't expect a simple tale like The Boy Who Cried Wolf to be so
chilling. But as a child, I felt this
Aesop's Fable was one of the scariest I ever heard. You remember the ancient story; The shepherd boy who warned a near by village
that a wolf had been spotted, The
villagers, who quickly responded only to discover that they'd been the victims
of a practical joke, a joke which repeated itself until finally they grew
callous to the kid's voice. And finally,
Aesop's simple, profound moral: The problem with crying "wolf" too
often is that sooner or later a real wolf is bound to show up. When that time
finally rolls around, asking the villagers for help will be like talking to the
kids become adults but adults still cry "wolf", or at least they use
words just as alarming.
the word chauvinism, a legitimate
danger, which has historically oppressed women and which continues to be an
issue in many Evangelical churches, lowering the credibility of Christianity in
the eyes of those who consider it an out dated religion. The foundations of the feminist agenda were
important and valid: "Women must be given the same rights as a man in the
home and in the work place."
Unfortunately, today's women's movement is light years from this
original concern. Feminist leaders are
now telling women that they are not truly feminists unless they are willing to
embrace both lesbianism and the Pro-Choice position. The result; an understandable over reaction on
the part of many men who get sick of hearing the accusation chauvinist every time they disagree on a moral
issue. Indeed some of the Christians who
hold on to patriarchal views have
admitted that a large part of their concern is
the current direction of the feminist movement.
wolf cry; harassment. Originally this referred to an employer who
either subtly or obviously communicated to an employee of the opposite sex that
their job would be in jeopardy if sexual favors were not bestowed. This
shameful practice went unchecked for years and there is reason to hail
appropriate legislation. Unfortunately,
healthy discussion usually leaves a debris of stupid discussion. The term “harassment” has grown and evolved to mean practically anything a person wants
it to mean. Men are being told that
it is sexual harassment to ask a woman
out on a date a second time if she said "no" the first time. Men are likewise being told that staring at a
woman's figure constitutes harassment.
No, they are not referring to Peeping Toms or the invasion of some one's
privacy. They are talking about any
stare, any place, even at the beach,
where, ironically, feminists have fought for years to wear what ever kind of bathing suits they
wish. Recently, some have even advocated the right for women to go topless at
the beach, Of course men shouldn't dare
look at such women. The result? People are getting tired of the word harassment. I fear that in time those poor women who truly
get threatened at work will find worn out, unsympathetic ears.
wolf cry, perhaps the most biting of all;
racist. Nobody wants to be called a
racist but it's becoming impossible to avoid this big bad word. If you don't believe in quotas, you're a
racist. If you don't believe in government
regulated health care, you're a racist.
If you do believe in educational
choice, you're a racist. If a teacher
has the audacity to expect all students to get their homework done without
taking each person's culture into account, that teacher is a racist. If we don't want our children taught that
homosexuality is a legitimate moral lifestyle, we're racists, no debate, no
discussion. The mere questioning of such a progressive idea, is
racist. Some are actually asserting that any white heterosexual male is born a
never forget the time when even harmless Ol' Walt Disney was made a target.. The movie Aladdin was denounced by
American Arab spokespeople because the villains had accents and the "good
guys" didn't. Never mind that all
of the characters, good and bad were portrayed as being Arabian. Never mind that this was just a cartoon based
on an ancient fantasy. The movie still
contained "racism of the most atrocious kind."
It gets so silly that a dead serious subject
is viewed as (that's right) a silly subject.
We grow numb as the term racist is used as casually as a game of Password. Meanwhile, the real racists (Skin Heads, KKK,
Young American Nazi Party), grow and smile for now they have a new hope; Perhaps white people will get so fed up with
the word racism that racist activities can continue unchecked.
aren't as many wolves as "wolf cries." But wolves do exist; horrible, evil
wolves. They prowl, they stalk, they
circle and they wait for the right time.
Wolf criers help them in the task.
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