“…And here comes a chopper to chop off your head!”
-Mr. Charrington, Nineteen Eighty-Four
The happiest days of my life were in infants and primary school (ages 5-11). It was a time of fun, of basic understanding, of being able to be a child, of not being bullied, of manic cartoons on TV and of learning new words, especially the “naughty” ones.
This is Cheetara…
She was a ThunderCat (and probably the cause of many predilections of the phenomenon known today as a Furry).
She was also the cause of one of the few times I got into trouble with teachers at primary school. I decided to dub here, with a new swear word I’d heard, Shitara.
This was shared only amongst a small number of my peer group, no harm was done.
Until someone told the teacher and I had to do lines as penance from knowing and using a rude word in class.
By the time I’d reach secondary school and was in my final year studying for exams so would come the next time I’d get lines for using a four-letter word.
Or a few four-letter words.
While a mate of mine kept taking stuff out of my pencil-case and throwing them at others in class; I proclaimed, in perfect timing just as the level of the classroom dropped, “leave it alone, you fucking cunt.”
The teacher, whom I thought out of class at the time, rose from behind a high bench and thus I was duly punished.
Lines, by the way, for those that don’t know, are akin to what Bart Simpson writes out at the start of every episode.
The point of these above stories is you really have to know your audience and your surroundings.
Exeter University student explains racist message revelation
Arsalan Motavali acted in an extremely cowardly and underhand way but is now a much-lauded member of the ever growing group of thought police that Mr. Charrington in George Orwell’s 1984 was a part of.
To be honest, if you were in a group with a load of people you didn’t know 100% you are pretty stupid to post stuff that is going to offend people, so I don’t really have any sympathy for those expelled by the university except for the fact that the actions that lead to their expulsion is a complete assault on free speech and free thought.
You’d think that if people were saying things that were offensive to you, you might what to call them out on it first, challenge them. But Arsalan left the group. He walked away. That should have been the end of it.
But Mr. Motavali; seeking brownie points, got a few of his colleagues together and then, a few months later, such was the pressing nature of the crime, sought to publicly shame the offenders and thereby the university into taking action.
Given this man his badge for the Thinkpol and let him join Minitru, he is a strong and courageous citizen.
The Whatsapp groups I’m in with my friends work on what could be considered to be Mutually Assured Destruction. In today’s society, what we post is intended to amuse and shock each other. The misguided and hate filled out there would probably call it displays of “toxic masculinity,” really it is just friends talking, banter if you must, a way of brightening up the day.
But above all, it is a private conversation.
The thoughts, views and jokes told in the threads do not reflect the real life thoughts and behaviours of those involved in it, I can guarantee that, as much as I can probably say the same about those punished by Exeter University.
But we now live in a country where what is said and what is typed can lead to let alone imbalanced but completely unnecessary punishment.
There is a time and a place to say things but there is never a time and a place to think things, that is the beauty of private thought and sadly that is what some want to change. The slippery slope is paved with good, offensive jokes.
Chip chop chip chop the last man is dead.
Thanks for reading.