Today, a friend asked me over MSN messenger what I would say if I were mad and wanted to hurt a person. I thought about it for a moment, and surprisingly, I realized I would not know what to say to hurt people intentionally. Then she told me that people would usually say that she was stupid and/or like a pig. (PS: She is NOT fat at all, but instead is very skinny and underweight.)
Those sayings are common, but very distant from my mouth and my thought. In fact, I have my own definition of being stupid – a person knows how wrong, bad, dangerous, risky, or whatever a thing is, yet still does it. Only if the action of someone meets the definition above, I will then tell the person it, what he/she does, is indeed stupid. Nevertheless, I won’t use the term, stupid, for the purpose of hurting someone. As for the "piggy analogy," because of my biology background, before one says a species is a species, he/she will need first to define and list what make a species to be the species. In this case, what makes pig pig? Unless all listed condition are met, a species is not the species. This is very hard to do, and it is something that I will avoid. Plus, to say someone is like a pig is an insult for pig.
I knew that I did try/knew how to say something to hurt people and did call someone as a pig, a b-i-t-c-h (, or other animals) when I was young. However, after accepting Jesus as my personal savior, it gets harder and harder for me to hurt someone. Maybe day by day I am turned and become less and less harmful, and so more and more harmless to other human beings. Indeed, it is an ability that I have lost FOR GOOD.
Btw: Unsatisfied, she then asked the worst word that I would say to scold someone. Again I thought for a moment and answered, “that would be unreasonable and illogical.” Then she said, “I have often been scolding by you.” Therefore, I hope whosoever has received a such statement from me knows that it is a word of reminding to re-examine one’s own words instead of scolding. It is always good to be reasonable and logical, isn’t it? (The only thing surpasses the knowledge, reasoning, and logic is God’s love, but that is another topic.)