This will be a short post just on the spur of the moment.. To be honest it is more like an ensemble of thoughts than a blog post. Recently I was discussing with a couple of online friends that in the good ole days being friends also meant the acceptance of different opinions, when those opinions were not particularly extreme (on a general rule, I never called a friend someone sympathizing with nazi or racist policies). Unfortunately I think that the words ‘friend’ and ‘friendship’ have lost the original meaning in the last twenty years. My mum, for example, has been friends with a couple of people for 50 years… I can’t even get the meaning of that and this is probably due to a society that now equals the ‘freedom of saying whatever goes through your mind’ to ‘freedom of speech’, the inherent human right that you have the freedom to express your opinion with no fear of punishment. But is that really true? Don’t we get ‘punished’ anyway? In a certain way yes…
In the good ole days we used to have political and religious discussions quite often. Surely, that happened more often in front of a coke, beer, glass of wine or a nice meal and not in front of a keyboard. But that was it though… I don’t remember any of those discussions ending up in a restaurant/bar brawl and with people severing decade-old friendships for a discussion or disagreement. Unfortunately… the advent of social media changed that. And freedom-of-speech-more-like-saying-whatever has become connected with:
- freedom of attacking everyone who’s giving you an unpopular or unwanted opinion or in opposition to yours anyway
- freedom of getting offended for any silly reason (or an excuse to get offended for anything)
- freedom of attacking you personally for other things not connected with the topic at hand (kind of ‘oh you, heretic who was living with two men at a time!’ in a LGBT-supporting thread)
Now, the list could be surely longer… but my question would be just one: are friendships still considered of value? Is that something worth preserving or not? At what cost though?
And what ‘being a friend’ entails nowadays… Probably shutting up all the time and following all the trends and crowd moods 24/7 unless you want to be alone. Because… let’s face it, God forbid that you express a controversial opinion about anything and the so-called friends will block you, won’t speak to you anymore, will try to badmouth you behind your back like you’re evil personified and so on. So I am making a decision together with this post. I’ll try to be as sensitive as possible concerning some broad issues but…. I am NOT attempting NOT to offend anyone anymore.
Judging from my fiery nature and the reactions I get at anything I say, I must appear like Satan to several people… Well, you know, let it be. I’m the devil and I like it. I don’t need a huge amount of people around me fanning over what I say. Anyone who can’t deal with what I say, OUT. You don’t like me as I am, FUCKOFF. That simple 😉
To be totally precise and on point:
- I totally dislike homophobes, racists, nationalists, hypocrites, bigots, do-gooders, and anything that implies extremism of any kind.
- I’m a non-religious person, apolitical and I’m not sure I’ve a national identity (yet). I don’t identify as an Italian at all. I’m terribly outspoken and cheeky. I’m full of faults and I like it that way (plus none of you is my husband so shut up).
- I don’t condone corruption, fraud or cheats of any kind (so people supporting Greece’s mess, fuck off too, thank you; Greek people are responsible for their own mess!!)
Happy? See you in hell.. and be careful because now I’m becoming skilled in literally shooting real arrows 😉
P.S. For people without a sense of humour or common sense, the last part about me being the devil is evidently sarcastic. Just wanted to point that out in order to avoid that satanists contact me (I’m just missing that one, really… LMAO)