When any group reclaims or attempts to reclaim a word, it doesn’t so much seem to be about reclaiming it away from the most hateful among us – for example the “n word”- word can’t ever be reclaimed away from the KKK. The point, I’d hope, would be to eliminate the KKK by eliminating the hate that makes anyone want to join the KKK in the first place, it’s not like we would still want to have the KKK as long as they didn’t say the “n word”- word, right?
So, it starts smaller, or not really smaller, but it starts somewhere else. Here I will pause to insert an illustration I made, of all of the world’s hate, haters, hated and how we all interact, brace yourself, it’s a revelation:
What religion are you? It’s such an impolite question, and we’re not really supposed to ask it. If you do, or if you remark upon someone’s religion, the basic answer is that you shouldn’t ask, as it shouldn’t matter. I don’t know many people who’d really say that it doesn’t matter, but plenty say that it shouldn’t. We all know it does. The people with the most religion know it does, and unironically they are quite loud telling those without religion that it shouldn’t matter, when out of the other side of their mouths they clearly say that it does. They have no shame in saying so, and regardless of what our constitution says, they make it a constant focus of who they put into office, and the ways in which they make those politicians bend to their wishes.
It’s becoming quite obvious these days, with the Catholics getting so frisky of late. They seem to be a little more conspicuous than the protestants. I think it might be all the robes and incense and big hats, because that shit is pretty hard to hide. I asked my reformed catholic buddy – who spent 12+ years in catholic school – what was going on with the catholics – because as I remembered from my youth, they were a fairly quiet bunch. They were that family down the block with a lot of kids who went to church every sunday without fail, and usually in the middle of the week too, and when the kids hit puberty they started going to Our Lady of something terrible sounding instead of the public school. They certainly weren’t the ones seen canoodling with or having spats with politicians over moral issues. “They say that the new pope is all sorts of conservative” is what I asked my pal, and he launched into some long explanation starting with the “well, the cardinals…” and I fazed out until he was done and then said, “so basically, it’s that the pope is conservative?”, and he said yep.
Is intuition real? Are you intuitive? Do you ever make choices because you “just know” a thing; because you have a hunch?
Well, you know what — don’t bother answering because nobody cares.
Science doesn’t care
Law doesn’t care
Philosophy doesn’t care
Religion doesn’t care
Government doesn’t care
Academia doesn’t care.
Business doesn’t care.
This world doesn’t care about your intuition.
Wait, I’ve made an error, let me rephrase
— Don’t bother answering because: intuition doesn’t count.
Science doesn’t count it
Law doesn’t count it
Philosophy doesn’t count it
Religion doesn’t count it
Government doesn’t count it
Academia doesn’t count it
Business doesn’t count it.
This world doesn’t count your intuition.
Ok, wait, that’s not quite right either… I’ll try again…
— don’t bother answering because… intuition isn’t considered
Science doesn’t consider it.
Law doesn’t consider it.
Philosophy doesn’t consider it.
Religion doesn’t consider it.
Government doesn’t consider it.
Academia doesn’t consider it.
Business doesn’t consider it.
This world doesn’t consider your intuition.
This world doesn’t care about, doesn’t count, and doesn’t even consider your intuition.
Forego the adjectives, because in this world