Here are some unfinished thoughts on this matter; I plan to finish this later.
Have you ever called someone a moron, idiot, fathead, dope, or retard? No? Never? Amazing!
Maybe not to their face. Perhaps you were behind the wheel driving your car and someone swerved in front of you without signalling; or walked in front of your car in the middle of the street without looking; or threw some litter on the ground next to an empty trash can; or said that all immigrants are lazy; or that all Jews were selfish; or that all liberals hated America; or … I could go on and on. Are your really sure you never called anyone a term deriding their intelligence?
OK, then you admit it. You have. More than once. And you’ve done it passionately. As if you were Pavarotti. What was it that really set you off? Was it a clear demonstration of a lack of intelligence? If that were the case, you’d be hollering at everyone who made an arithmetic mistake, or a grammatical error, or danced incorrectly. No, it was not just a matter of intelligence; there was something else involved. The person who pissed you was being consciously negligent; they swerved in front of you without looking because they simply didn’t care about anyone but themselves. That’s what made you angry; the fact that they were being so selfish.
You wouldn’t call an intellectually challenged person a retard or moron. But you would append that label to a physics professor who misplaced or lost your final test.
Being retarded and being a retard are two different things. You’re born with the former disability but you develop into the latter. I can’t stand retards; I have a lot of affection and compassion for those who are mentally challenged. The latter have to work so much harder to achieve their goals. The latter seem to work hard to keep others from achieving theirs.
Do I ever like a retard myself? Yes. I sometimes step on others’ toes without realizing it. But after it happens, I feel guilty about it and try to apologize – if the other person will still speak to me.
I wonder how many of you have muttered under your breath those words regarding what I’ve said today. Have I stepped on some toes and been inconsiderate?