The character of nine-year old Ralphie Parker in Jean Shepherd's 1983 movie A Christmas Story is punished by his mother for using obscene words he heard his own father use fixing a car. So Ralphie (pictured at right) has to sit with soap in his mouth to remind him to avoid using dirty words.
Millions of immature Americans now need a mouthful of bad-tasting Lifebuoy soap for routinely using vulgar and obscene words on social media.
I feel sorry for people who think they need to use obscene words because they think they make a bigger impact or are funny when they are neither. They are merely vulgar and they reflect badly on the speaker or writer.
But Ralphie at least understood his words were obscene. But a tragically large number of younger Americans now use the obcene words on Facebook and other social media without even understanding they are obscene because they are so used to seeing them in all forms of media in our polluted culture.
One way to educate the younger generation is to object the next time you see obscene words used in social media. Instead of encouraging such bad behavior with a mindless comment such as LOL or "too true," just say in reply, "I understand and might even agree with the point you are trying to make but obscene and vulgar words are offensive and not needed to make your point. Intelligent and mature people know how to choose their words more carefully to make a point more effectively."
Fight back against cultural pollution because you can make an impact one comment at a time.