Monday, 20 October 2014

The subjectivity of taking offence

David Innes from Perth (Australia) giving the reverse victory salute.
Is taking offence to something a subjective experience? Could it be said finding something offensive is just a personal choice?

It certainly appears that what others find gravely offensive can also not be considered by another group as such. Or indeed, what was deemed to be offensive by past generations is no longer considered to be such today.

For Example: You are a bloody idiot and your mother wears army boots.

“I find that insulting” a cry is heard. “My goodness! That is just simply offensive” an exclamation is made. “How dare you say such a thing” cries another. “Wont somebody think of the children!” shrills a woman.

What! A woman you say?  Oh sure. It would be a woman that shrills about children. Women aren’t the only ones who get hysterical you sexist pig!!

Pig? How dare you label him as a pig? That is simply rude! Pigs are mighty fine animals. Unlike boorish chauvinists, pigs provide us with a diverse range of products from insulin to delicious bacon to go with my eggs on a Sunday morn…

Oh my GAWD! Eating bacon is simply evil. As a vegan I find your eagerness to murder and devour innocent life horrendously offensive and a direct crime against nature itself! It’s people like you that make this world a tremendously wicked place to live in.

People like you? It is that kind of hurtful generalization which fuels the hatred of xenophobic "us and them" divisions! I demand a retraction of your words via an apologetic admission of guilt in a form of a novel for everyone on this planet to approve.
What? Just everyone on this Planet? What about life on other planets you…you other-planet-species-ist! Your disregard of what other life forms feel or think outside this planet is deeply disturbing. We demand a committal hearing of epic proportions, to accommodate new laws, to prevent further outlandish remarks from being uttered, against potentially possible existing life forms, that may or may not understand, the pure bigotry of which you so casually utter within infinite space.

So yeah…

David Innes
Perth, Western Australia

Sunday, 12 October 2014

It's a Conspiracy!

David Innes from Perth (Western Australia) surrounded by question marks.
Something has just happened…something tragic. It’s hard to reconcile how this could have occurred.

There just has to be more to it than this.

It simply doesn't make any sense in this day and age. The information at hand seems incomplete.

Did it really happen as they said it did?

Surely someone could have done something, anything…so why didn't they? If only they had.

Those bastards! It appears that there is more to this than meets the eye. That piece of information was wrong, they clearly lied about that…though they told the truth there. The media says one thing then tells us something different…and the government claims not to know.

Cover up? But why? Of course. Join the dots, follow the clues and confirm what was known all along! They don’t want us to know, because they are guilty! Clearly!!!!

Something needs to be done to expose all this!

An Independent media needs to be created to inform the ignorant masses; to encourage the misled. To reveal the truth at last! To empower the passive herd to take action against the tyranny that oppressing them all through the blankets of lies! To remove the systematic control of our freedoms! To release ourselves from the strings of the puppet masters! To clear the smoke and smash those mirrors! To destroy our reptilian overlords and the genocidal shadowy elite that enslaves us all!


Perhaps we can all just chill out...and admit..."shit just happens".

David Innes
Perth, Western Australia

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Articulation Tribulations

In Perth, David Innes displays a thumbs up of appreciation
Do you find conversations hard to maintain when one utilizes interesting vocabularies that the other(s) involved in the discussion have little or no understanding of?

You know...when one uses "big words".

Or does one find that linguistic gymnastics are sometimes required to articulate collaborating points when addressing a dissertation about an inquisitive topic when others have trouble reaching an agreement?

In other words…finding the right words to politely end the argument?

Sure one could just nod in passive acknowledgement with a “Yes, yes – quite right…say, how about the weather we've been having?” directing a more mute topical shift.  Or yes indeed, one could simply announce a statement of “You sir are a buffoon!” and proceed to walk away into the other direction.

But more often than not, do me, feel obliged to proceed into a flurry of words in order to prove some point, that clearly has become an exceptional necessity to establish, before one can end the discussion politely or otherwise?

Well…if you answered that with the affirmative; may I offer an extension of endearing heart felt sympathies towards you and your inter-personal conversational involvements with others.

However if you have no idea what the hell is going on in this post; I shall end by saying ever so politely..."Isn't spring just wonderful!"

David Innes
Perth in Western Australia