Because I believe doing so is relevant to readers of my journal, and perhaps to my recent posts describing certain other differences between my own point of view & ability to grasp basic concepts and that of other people, I am going to try to clarify further my perception of recent events:
My intention in publicly stating that I believe that, for example, a particular person is an asshole, is merely one of identification. Classification. Categorization. Tagging. Like categorizing this blog post as ‘Journal’ or a blog post about working on the title & cover art for my next novel as ‘Marketing’. It is a way to help communicate the nature of a thing. It is not my intention to be vile, purposefully inflammatory, seedy, insulting, controversial, degrading, inherently negative, hateful, sinful, or other such things some may decide are part of my intentions. Providing such identification can be quite helpful.
Publicly identifying people and situations that others could be reasonably expected to want to avoid is something I consider particularly helpful.
Just as I might describe traffic on a clogged highway as ‘frustrating’ or ‘horrible’ to someone so they can make an informed decision about their driving route, or as I might describe a certain Will Ferrell comedy as ‘uneven, ill-conceived, and occasionally disgusting’ to someone so they can make an informed decision about how to spend their entertainment dollars and time, I might also describe a particularly rude, mean-spirited, bitter and domineering woman as a ‘bitch’ or ‘bitchy’ to someone so they can make an informed decision about who they’re going to spend their Friday night with. Depending on context, I may also give more information, details, descriptions, et cetera – but for abbreviated communications such as small talk and tweets, using these simplifications tends to be sufficient.
I don’t see anything particularly wrong with such identifications. In fact, I consider it more of a public service for people to speak their minds in such a fashion, honestly rather than politically, especially with regard to things worth avoiding. I don’t understand people’s apparent aversion to truth.
I don’t see any more reason to apologize for identifying an asshole than I do for identifying that the service at La Bocca after Ignite Phoenix was incredibly slow and disorganized, or that Mesa Contemporary Arts [Museum] is surprisingly small and my visit there yesterday was disappointing. Nor do I understand how it would be helpful or appropriate to keep such identifications private.