I Am Heretic #7: Son of a Bitch

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The definition is not what defines a word; it’s all about context.

Imagine if someone had a pet called "And", and And died horribly. Every time they hear "and", they tear up, thinking of And. Does that mean we should outlaw the word "and"?

This is not something new for me. I've already written about how we are silly and petty when it comes to freedom of speech. But it is one of the biggest problems in today's society, because so much is taboo and "wrong". We can't say things because someone might be offended, even though we only say a word. I mean, really? How fucking messed up do you have to be to feel bad by an arbitrary combination of letters, without any actual hate behind it? And why do we see a society where we must censor ourselves as a utopia?

Do we have to feel bad just because we hear a bang? Can’t we save that for when we are actually shot?

There are certainly words with bad definitions, but the definition is not what defines a word; it's all about context. Context is all that matters. A gun is good when you shoot bad people, but it can also be turned toward the good guys. Does that mean guns are inherently bad and should never be used? Of course not! A gun is certainly dangerous, but do we have to feel bad just because we hear a bang? Can't we save that for when we are actually shot?

SON OF A BITCH: This is a short comic strip. It was written and designed by Patrick Hall on April 10, 2014. Copyright © 2014 by Patrick Hall. All rights reserved. Feel free to download it and spread it around, as long as you credit the source and don't charge people for it.