Wednesday, April 5, 2017

8 Reasons to Stop Cussing

From TFP:

Real Men Don’t Cuss

Real men know that vulgarity doesn't breed character and virtue.  So they don't cuss.
In fact, George Washington issued the following order in 1776:

"The General is sorry to be informed that the foolish, and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing (a vice heretofore little known in an American Army) is growing into fashion; he hopes the officers will, by example, as well as influence, endeavor to check it, and that both they, and the men will reflect, that we can have little hopes of the blessing of Heaven on our Arms, if we insult it by our impiety, and folly; added to this, it is a vice so mean and low, without any temptation, that every man of sense, and character, detests and despises it."

2. Cussing Degrades Us

Foul language, cussing, and cursing is vulgar, indecent and irreverent.  The constant use of foul language drags us down and undermines mutual respect. For example, if a teacher uses foul language in the classroom, he shows an appalling lack of respect for his students, no self-control, and utter irreverence for his position as teacher. But someone might object:  "A few foul words won't hurt anyone, right?"  Wrong.  As author Paul Bourget said: “One must live as one thinks, under pain of sooner or later ending up thinking as one has lived.”  In other words, if we use dirty language, we open the door to dirty thoughts and dirty behavior. (Read more.)

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