Friday, April 14, 2017

Bite Your Tongue!

"Forbidden thoughts" by Anne Bernays   April 14, 2017

As an ancient, I’ve earned a few perks, among them the freedom to speak — or write — my mind. This is a mind crammed with forbidden thoughts, which I’m now about to set free. Most of us are so accustomed to censoring ourselves that we’re hardly aware of doing it; that’s all to the good, but when you’ve ripened past your sell-by date, saying what you think is no longer so risky.

So what are her forbidden topics of discussion?

1. Our planet is dangerously overpopulated.

Not controversial at all, it's the conventional wisdom of agenda-pushing consensus. She then claims the Chinese had the right idea in limiting families, but they were overzealous. 

So Mao's mass murder meets with approval? 

That should be forbidden!

2. Some people are smarter than others.

Can't argue there.

3. This is akin to #2. Some people common sense; others have none at all.

She ties it to politics, but if this is forbidden speech.... ???????? 

You know what doesn't make sense?

4. There are winners and there are losers.

5. Trump and women.

The next forbidden thoughts are more benign and reflect only some of my preferences that often fly into the prevailing cultural winds:

Awwwwww, shaddup, you self-absorbed sh**!


NDU:  Those who’ve read Janice McCabe’s new book, “Connecting in College: How Friendship Networks Matter for Academic and Social Success,” have felt compelled to categorize themselves as one of three types of friends — samplers, tight-knitters, and compartmentalizers....


No friend of mine.