Coots Lesson #4: Say It When You Feel It.
We don’t Worry.
Are you one of those people who worry about being “politically correct”? Do you always think out what you want to say before you say it? Do you get home later and say to yourself “I should have said….”
Well then this lesson is for you. In the pursuit of Cantankerousness, there is not much room for political correctness. As Ralph has so eloquently said in the past, polite is a euphemism for a lie. This is the same for the political correctness BS that is so prevalent in our society.
Let It Out!
There is way too much self editing these days. Too many times we have to stop our tongues so that we don’t offend people. Well that is over and done with. In the continuous pursuit of being a better person I now believe that the best thing to do is just say what comes to your mind.
Lose that internal filter that clogs up with what you “should” say, and just say what you mean. It may anger people but shooting straight is the best way to deal with society as a whole. Keep your lies and your equivocations; quit pandering to people who don’t really mean anything to you.
Don’t keep it bottled up.
If the time is right to give any said SOB the MapQuest directions to Hell, so be it. Tell people what you think right then and there. If you keep it bottled up you will probably end up killing someone. While that may seem attractive at the time, it will only land you in jail and keep you from voting or owning a gun. Telling people what you think right then won’t land you in jail most of the time. Slander is another post altogether.
So here is today’s homework: if somebody pisses you off, tell them. Don’t just sit around and mutter, tell them off in a loud and clear voice that leaves no room for doubt. Like our good friend Howard Beal did, stand up and say, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” Don’t take it. Give it. You are well on your way to being a Cantankerous Old Coot.