Monday, January 10, 2005

rallying around the forces (of evil, apparently)

note: before reading today's diatribe, i highly suggest clicking the link to mother hoodlum's blog, and reading what she has most recently posted (commenting on a comment), since my entire blog today is based upon the comment left by person or persons unknown at her own blogsite.

i am tattooed. i am pierced (and not just my ears). i like porn. i frequently overuse "colorful metaphors" in my written and verbal communication, especially when someone has done or said something that i find particularly annoying. oysters make pearls, i weave beautiful tapestries of vulgarity like an artist. but not today, lest the person that today's essay is aimed at not give this piece the proper attention due to my medium of choice.

most importantly, i am a stay-home father.

now, to assume that a child will be "penalized" due to his/her parents usage of the english language, supposed education level, and/or body modification is clearly a narrow-minded world view. to further assume (especially without actually knowing the person in question, or the child they are rearing) that one is a horrible parent based on these things is beyond my ability to fathom.

my entire family, my wife's family, their families, and my friends, and their families, are not bothered at all by my appearance, dress, or even my frequent use of "potty-mouth" (i'm sorry, i've really gotta ask, cause it is just annoying me beyond my ability to withstand--is that really the best phrase you could come up with?!!? we are not 12.) language. i will admit here that i am careful to curb my tongue when around mine, and others', children. my sons have numerous friends, and are able to play with them and have fun, without having to worry about what jane's daddy does for a living, or the fact that jack's mommy has tattoos, or that jill's family all swear. because it is not important.

now, let me ask you, are you the one who decides what "uneducated" is? becasue mother hoodlum has a degree. not that that really matters either, as i have met people with phd's who were otherwise unable to function in the real world. i suspect that you might fall into this category, ma'am.

let me ask you, (because i suspect that you might be a christian), who did jesus hang out with when he was on the earth? did he hang out with the educated? no, because they were known as "pharisees" in his time. matter of fact, he spent most of his time in verbal conflict with them, because they thought they knew more than he did. he was considered "uneducated". is it possible that jesus hung out with people who were tattooed, or pierced, or who used colorful language, or did other things that appeared unsavory to those around? mary magdalene was considered a harlot, which didn't make her a prostitute, per se, but it meant that her behavior towards men was considered by those around to be inappropriate. did jesus spend a surplus of time advocating going to school? did he teach that only people with uninked skin or clean mouths be allowed to have children? did he in any way, advocate his followers to run around casting judgement upon those who were minding their own business? or upon those that were different than themselves?

quite to the contrary, he said "love thy neighbor as thyself" and when asked to specify who was our neighbor, he gave the infamous parable of the good samaritan. meaning, everyone. he said, "judge not, lest ye be judged." he said, "let he among you who is without sin cast the first stone".

i find it interesting when someone purporting to be a christian offers unsolicited views on what's wrong with my life and why i should change so that i may enter the kingdom of heaven, when that is actually what the people who crucified christ did.

and, finally, yes, "trash bred trash" (i'm guessing what you meant to say there is "trash breeds trash", but i might be wrong, as i am uneducated, and you are, quite obviously, a highly intelligent individual). but you left out a few adjectives: "trash breeds thoughtful, unassuming, open-minded, accepting, fun, humorous, unfettered, free-thinking, glorious, special, self-assured, self-confident trash." and, frankly, i'd rather hang out with trash than yourself and people of your ilk, no offense.

and one more thing, ma'am, please get a hobby, or a job, or something, as you seem to have way too much time on your hands.

with regards,
darth sardonic


Blogger darth sardonic said...

well, i thought i was doing so well. i misread the "trash breeds trash" statement. it was "breads" and not "bred". in the interest of keeping things in a proper perspective, i willingly admit that i made a mistake here and can only use the excuse that i was not reading the comment at the same time as posting, and that "breads" and "bred" sound very much the same in the part of the country from which i hail. or is it "hale"? i'm not sure, but have already established that i am, in fact, uneducated.

darth sardonic

1:26 PM  
Blogger Mother Hoodlum said...

brava! And let the masses speak. But since we are both tattooed up the yin yang, as was so eloquently posted, does that mean we're not allowed to let our kids hang out for fear of eachother...ourselves...? Hmmm...double negative.
And if we are wallowing in our trashiness, it seems a far better place to be than the 'clean world' nazis like this envision.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Thea's SoapBox said...

well put darth s!

2:09 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Well said.

7:14 AM  

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