To Speak, Or Not to Speak… That is the Question

Dealing with Profanity

“Do you think ‘crap’ is a bad word?”

“Makes me uncomfortable when you say it.”

“Not me.”

“I think before you started cussing, it did make you uncomfortable. But since you’ve started, you’ve become numb to your conscience.”

“Well, everyone says it.”

This is a hypothetical conversation about the vulgar words that follow either a dropped pencil, a terrible grade on that math test, or insults thrown back and forth in the hallways. “Everyone says it” is the normal excuse. Well, I believe there are many reasons why you should refuse to go with the flow, one of the reasons being that YOU are better than this. Keep reading on!

“So you say it cause it sounds cool?”

“No way! ‘Crap’ doesn’t sound cool. But everyone says it.”

“Wrong. Not everyone says it. I don’t say it.”

“OK, fine, almost everyone says it.”

“So if almost everyone says it, it’s OK? You see, when people cuss around me, my respect level for them drops. I think that everyone would much rather spend their time around someone who doesn’t cuss.”

“But when I hear people cuss, it’s like, no bigie. I mean, people do it all the time.”

“What if a teacher cusses?”

“Teachers are different. We’re kids. Everyone – almost everyone cusses.”

“But why? I think the English language stretches beyond words like ‘crap’ and ‘damn’. There are so many more words you can use instead to express your emotion. Plus, it makes you sound smarter.”

“Well, everyone says it.”

“Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, words like ‘shoot’ or ‘dang’ slip out of my mouth. And in today’s society, it’s ok to say those words. But I know that they’re just substitutes for the ‘bad’ bad words. And when my friends say, ‘fudge’ real loud, I flinch anyways because we all know what they really mean.”

So ‘crap’ isn’t acceptable?”

“It’s hard to know where to draw the line. But I’m pretty sure that deep down inside, you’ll know what’s right and wrong. The question is, are you going to listen to your conscience? That’s up to you to decide.”



About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation .

Posted on July 29, 2012, in Star Rapture Blog and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Agreed. Nice post :)

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