Queer & Present: Lesson 6, Be Kind to Our Language
Here’s what Dr. Snyder says:
Be kind to our language. Avoid pronouncing the phrases everyone else does. Think up your own way of speaking, even if only to convey that thing you think everyone is saying.
There is a crucial lesson hiding in plain sight in that quotation. Think for yourself. Say what you think, not what somebody else thinks. If you choose to say what somebody has said, or thought, attribute it as I did.
It’s my belief that all of us in America have gotten dangerously intellectually lazy. We say what got said on TV, or in the movies, without really thinking about it. One obvious example is Facebook memes. We share other people’s images with other people’s thoughts on them without adding even a single syllable, and feel like we’ve said something.
Yes, thinking is hard; and yes, most of us want to do it as little as possible. And yes, now we have a national administration that will exact the price of all that laziness. So stop. Think energetically, and then say what you think. If all of us did it more, we might find we enjoyed it.
Stan Stansbury is a Contributor at InQueery.