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created from the collective unconscious to explain certain phenomena of the world, rational thought being impossible at [the time of early humans].
Can anyone else give a reason as to why people swear so much?
I've known people of fine character and good nature who swear like troopers and also most refined types who frown at uncouth language while being nasty, treacherous snakes behind the scenes.
When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.
Xeadas wrote:I've known people of fine character and good nature who swear like troopers and also most refined types who frown at uncouth language while being nasty, treacherous snakes behind the scenes.
Drawing from personal experience, I think swearing is cathartic when done in moderation. That's what I think Mark Twain suggested when he said:When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.
Maybe people who continue to swear because of its cathartic value are more in-tune with how to calm themselves, while those who refrain from it might be weaker in that regard.
Lark_Truth wrote:A good point Greta, that the totally moral and propriety folks who don't swear are a good portion of the time nasty pieces of work, while people who do swear seem to be better people in general. WHY IS THAT?
Lark_Truth wrote:I was raised by my parents not to use swear and cuss words as a morality principle, and I'm quite glad that I don't swear. Usually I just use substitute words like "Dang it!" "Tarnation!" "Heck" and "Drat!" But out in the world away from my home I hear people swearing every other word, much of it in ways that I don't understand.
For instance: My interpretation of the F-word is "rape", so when people use the F-word repeatedly, I see that as saying: "rape, rape, rape, rape" which I see as disgusting and foul! It abhores me and I don't understand why in heck people would say stuff like that. I've always been taught that procreation is a sacred responsibility, and out in the world there are people who treat it like it's something to joke about instead of something that shouldn't be treated so vilely. I hear about every day people who say "F-word you!" which by my interpretation means "Rape you!" and that carries a lot of meaning in a really bad way.
When I was young, I asked someone who did swear regularly why people swear so much. They replied that people who swear are more in touch with their emotions, which completely blew me out of the water. Lust, Anger, Hatred, Greed, I see all of those as negative emotions in which people swear the most. Such negative and vile emotions are not what I want to be in touch with that cause me to use foul language. Could that be the only reason as to why people swear?
So, dear fellow philosophers, I am coming to you with this burning question: Why do people swear so much?
(Please do not swear on this thread.)
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