October 13, 2016, Prescott- After a worthwhile five days, assisting my son in getting his recovery from a foot injury into routine mode, I drove back here yesterday. The whole mess surrounding how one Presidential candidate treats women and girls, followed by how filthy his main opponent’s language is, was kept at bay, during my time in Chula Vista.
These issues, however, do need to be addressed by anyone with a conscience. So, here goes: Objectifying anyone, based on one’s own lusts and proclivities, is understandable, in seeing human behaviour from the standpoint of the animal. Yet, we are, primarily, much more than animals, are we not? The most sensuous, loveliest of women is entitled to the same respect and consideration a man gives to himself. Her dreams and hopes for her life are not to be overlooked, or minimized. That makes her the same as a person of average countenance, or a homely individual. This is a basic human right, and has nothing to do with a person’s attributes- physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.
It goes without saying that my friends are of all ages, shapes, sizes, levels of mental acuity, and any other category one can name. They have one thing in common: Humanity. Many could not be in the same room together, but oh, well. They each have at least one attribute to which I am attracted.
Initially, I have to say that the first thing I notice about a person, physically, is her/his eyes. They tell me much of what I need to know. Then, the person’s facial cast, and the level of relaxation/tension in the body as a whole, come into view. Are the person’s hands tense or relaxed (fisted up or open)? Is he/she tight and tense, from top to bottom, or laid back and engaged with the world? Is she/he talkative, shy, or a mix of the two?
Regarding language, I am, as a rule, put off by an excess of profanity. It is not so much a sense of prudery on my part, as it is that profanity is a filler, for those whose vocabulary is self-limited. It is also insulting to those at whom it is directed. I would prefer a leader, as I prefer friends, whose speech is respectful and elevated. Profanity as a regular part of speech is degrading, both to the speaker and to all hearers.