Retard! That was the way most of us call people out on being utterly ridiculous idiots, and if something was retarded, it’s because we saw no point in it or it otherwise was waste of time or nothing more than an inconvenience. It’s a word I used to use very frequently, and it’s one that I still used today. Is it politically correct? I don’t think so, but the funny thing is I really don’t care. Here’s the other thing about words like retard and retarded, when I use these words, I never think of someone with a severe cognitive impairment, or any other form of mental disability. I always think people like you, who do things without thinking and marvel at the negative consequences that befall you because you’ve failed to think anything through. I always think of the meatheads that have nothing better to say than things like “bro, that was epic!”Marveling at a trick shot in some stupid ass game like beer pong. I usually think of the people who constantly tell others they should go home and learn English before they come here, without ever thinking of the difficulty that learning a second language can have, mostly because you’ve never done it. But underneath all of that, I think of people who pride themselves on their ability to be politically correct.
Let me tell you something, political correctness in speech does not denote a lack of bigotry. The notion of political correctness is sicken
ing to me, because for a lot of people, it’s merely another form of dishonesty. Something they can use to mask their internal feelings, a lie. So I may use the word retard, and occasionally I may still call people retarded, but at no point does it ever enter my mind that I’m offending some ethereal nonexistent in the moment cognitively impaired individual. I understand that our use of language has a lot to do with the way we think, let me tell you about the way I think. It is better for me to offend you, if it makes you think, than to use a bunch of limp-dicked euphemisms just to maintain your level of social comfort.
Because guess what? Comfort leads to complacency. Complacency is a state of non-thinking acceptance of the way things are. So if my language offends you, that’s a good thing… At least so long as it makes you think about what you think while you’re using it. Don’t be a retard. And for those of you who are thinking, “I have a family member who has a mental disability, the fact that you use the word retarded offends me.” Think about what that means about how you think of that person. Think hard. And then I’ll say again, don’t be a retard.