I get a lot of curious looks for my favourite comment/quip/quote from Groucho Marx
This applies to groups. Basically, it wasn’t truly about the idea that Groucho got snubbed by a country club so much as it was why he was snubbed. The management looked at him as if he were scum, trash or something other than who he was. They acted as if their view of who belonged or could play at their precious golf course was the definitive view and only one that counted.
What I’m driving at is – I’m an anti – elitist. When groups or clubs put in exclusionary questions, statements that are clearly non – inclusive, I want no part of. I’ve seen this in many an organisation – especially the writing ones. Not all are exclusionary – I’m part of a really great indie writing one and I really love the company and human interaction.
However, enough are that I will always keep my distance. Instead of yelling or typing my displeasure, I shall instead just keep moving on and banging my drum. I will endeavour to prove them wrong by being the best me and thriving despite their disparage.
My next rant… English is not solely the domain of the American. Face it, most of Europe has signs that say ” English spoken, American generally understood… with the right translators “. If you have something important to say, say it as if you really are educated and not a numbskull, dunderhead or brain ineffective idiot! Multiple needless new meanings for well established vocabulary and tosh and waffle sentences really do get under my skin.
I am truly learning to detest words and phrases such as “Dude”, ” Like”, ” So” and “Whatever”. Ideas, feelings and concepts aren’t things! How DARE you dehumanise such expressions!!
And do refrain from trying to tell me that – ” This is the way it’s always been.” Especially the youth crowd! I was there when your grandparents were in nappies for goodness sake. I’m not sure what’s worse – them or the adults who get them to think that way.
Nothing is impossible, I’ve proven this more than once. Improbable, is another concept all together. We can be what we are in our hearts. It’s a case of using the attentive ear and observant eye over the flapping gums of the mouth. Phrasing questions in the least provocative way; As in to learn and not antagonise. Discussions/discourse is meant to be civil – NOT an excuse for argy bargy! Pre 11th century arguing has nothing, NOTHING to do with disagreeing. It’s the sharing of information and points of view that enrich your day and expand your horizons, not fighting…
Ah well, for now, I’m done. Next I shall promote my books and even have a review of a good colleagues work.
~ The Pirate Poet