Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ten Reasons Why I Don’t Cuss

One evening, about the time I was a new teenager, my dad asked me to get something for him. “It’s in my cedar box,” he said, referring to the little box on his chest of drawers. He kept little odds 'n' ends in there that he rarely used. So I went raking it through it, examining a little gizmo here and a whatchamacallit there. Pretty soon I came upon a card with the following:

Ten Reason Why I Don’t Swear
  1. It is my way of honoring God, who said, "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who takes his name in vain." ~Ex 20:7
  2. It pleases my parents (way back when). “Honor your father and mother—which is the first commandment with a promise—that it may be well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” ~Eph 6:2 – 3.
  3. I want to be an example in front of my children and grandchildren. “Fathers, don’t provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” ~Eph 6:4
  4. It is a mark of maturity.
  5. It shows that I have self-control.
  6. It indicates clarity of mind.
  7. It makes my conversation more pleasant to those around me.
  8. People know that I have more than an ordinary vocabulary.
  9. It is a sign of culture and refinement.
and 10. There’s never any reason for it.

Number 10 has always stuck with me. I think I can count on one hand the times I have cussed since I first saw that list. Thanks, Dadand oh, what was it you wanted me to get outta that box?

Just between us: it won't be long before I get back to posting less serious stuff. Honest, I swear.


kenju said...

Numbers 8 & 9 were hammered into me from the time I was about six. Most of the others made an appearance at one time or another - my mom thought that cursing was terrible.

I will admit to doing more than I should (at home) but I do try to avoid it in public and in writing.

Ralph said...

Like that list Paul.

srp said...

I was brought up with these same reasons....

I went to see Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard several years ago in New York. The music was spectacular... however, the dialogue was laced throughout with cursing and it was totally unnecessary. I was really disappointed. I rented the original Sunset Boulevard movie that was produced in 1950, when the standards of Hollywood were much higher. Not one curse word in the whole movie... and the story line was just as clear and crisp and effective without them.

cassie-b said...

good list. I don't swear either, and my list would be quite similar to yours.

It has always just seemed so tacky. And there are so much better ways to state your feelings.

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