Am I wrong to miss being able to just call people 'retards' with no political fallout?
I mean, I don't ever want to disparage the mentally handicapped. Truth is, the last person that I'd ever call or even think of as a 'retard' would be someone that is actually mentally handicapped. I don't even go there in my head, not ever...
I'd also hate myself if I ever hurt the feelings of some poor innocent mentally challenged person by calling some random republican or christian (or perhaps more properly 'christorepublican?) a retard. I'm not 'that guy.' I can't stand people that are that ignorant.
However I can't stop using the word. Can't a word evolve beyond the connotations of its origins? The way that I think of it, it tells the recepient 'you are acting as if you have a physical/developmental cause for your lack of reasoning ability as do some unfortunate individuals in our world, *however* you do not have such a cause. Instead, you chose it. You've chosen to be ignorant. They have no choice; you do.'
It's still insulting to the mentally handicapped, though, isn't it? No getting around it.
Damn. Great and satisfying potential new usage possibilities for a word ruined by the undeniable offensiveness of its origins.
I'VE GOT IT!
I'll create a new word!
So then, why oh why are most christians in our society so incredibly autoretarded? Discuss...
(I feel so liberated!)