3 Days, 3 Quotes: Christopher Morley on Life (Day One)

Thanks to Stuart over at Something to Stu Over for nominating me for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge. I have some quotes that I hope will make people think. That will direct the thoughts of the reader in a surprising way toward new information beneficial to your life.

Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it.”

Christopher Morley

My first quote was my senior quote in high school. They didn’t actually allow us to have a senior quote when I graduated. Nevertheless, I wrote this quote underneath every one of my pictures in every yearbook I was able. I was determined to have my senior quote. I had thought about using this particular quote for a long time. Maybe not my entire high school “career” up to that point, but at least by the end of my sophomore year.

I had chosen this quote a long time before my senior year ever began. It just was my senior quote. Regardless of whether the school “allowed” us to have one or not. They can’t take my voice away from me. Least of all when the school is named after a Confederate “war hero” (as if such a thing could actually exist.) I wasn’t about to let old “Stonewall” tell me to shut up.

So this was my senior quote. And, the irony is not lost on me of it’s appropriateness in many ways. Men decided it was best not to have a “senior quote” in “their” “yearbooks.” Men mispronounced life and imposed rules on it. Not women. But men, specifically. It’s never been women holding back society, right? It’s not like that’s a controversial thing to say anymore, right?

Anyway, men don’t understand life, because men generally don’t understand love. “Connection…is why we’re here.” Love is why we’re here. Therefore, “Love is a foreign language; all cis-gendered males mispronounce it.” Let’s get really specific about it. It’s the hetero-normative, cis-gendered, predominantly-Caucasian men–and young men, especially–who have been holding back progress in society by holding back women and minorities.

Well, wouldn’t you know it. That’s me. I’m a hetero-normative, cis-gendered, predominantly-Caucasian young man. But, and this is where it gets really funny…

I haven’t been holding back women in society or imposing my false authority over any minorities. I’m incredibly aware that people who look like me do these things, and they do it very often. However, I have exercised my free will to stop myself from being that particular kind of asshole.

I’m the kind of asshole who speaks his mind, because “I need to tell the truth. So I’m turnin’ over tables in my own livin’ room. Then I might nail indictments up on every door in town, ’cause it’s not right or safe to let your conscience down.”

I’m the kind of asshole who is concerned with semantics and definitions of words. I believe that words have meaning and purpose. The way we use words, and what we mean when we say those words, has an incredible amount of meaning. We don’t often understand the power of language. Men especially; hence why Mr. Morley so rightly stated that men mispronounce life.

I’m the kind of asshole who is thinking about the big picture, and I’m a bit of a Perfectionist. But, I’m an Imperfect Perfectionist. I’m not very good at it, and too be honest, I’m a little lazy. I’m working on that, but it takes time to change something so deep-seated as laziness. That’s not your problem, though. That’s my own cross to bear, friends.

The point is, yeah, I want to improve your life. “I’ll do whatever it takes to squeeze us into this wedding gown.” I mean that when I say it. I still believe that Derek Webb meant it literally when he wrote the lyrics. I also think that the sentiment was true for Martin Luther.

So, guys, here’s my word for you during this Pride Month. Stop mispronouncing life. Stop mispronouncing love. Understand the difference between nouns and verbs. The whats and the hows. What are you doing? How are you doing it?

What are you thinking? How are you thinking it?

Why?

Peace, friends. ❤

Edit: Almost forgot to nominate people and post the rules. I’m glad I always go back and edit.

My Nominees:

Valerie Cullers

Soul Therapist at SoulWrite Empire’s Blog

Shantanu Baruah at Ckonfab

HERE ARE THE RULES:

♣…Thank the person who nominated you.

♣…Post a quote for 3 days and explain why it appeals to you.

♣…Nominate bloggers each day!

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