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Can't Wait to Start Insulting Fat People
One of my chief motivations for losing weight is to be in position to insult fat people again. Obviously I can't do that now without opening myself wide to the charge of hypocrisy, and possibly ridicule. But once I'm thin, I'll regain the moral authority to criticize others for their unhealthy lack of self-control.
Now, you're probably thinking that even once I'm thin, it would be still be hypocritical to attack fat people because I was once one of them. This overlooks a number of points. First, the people I'll insult won't know about my fat past. To the contrary, they'll more likely think that I'm another one of those always-been-thin people who has no idea of what it's like to struggle with obesity. So while they might deem me insensitive or even cruel, hypocrisy won't cross their minds.
Second, even if they knew the truth, it wouldn't be hypocrisy. A hypocrite is someone who criticizes others for behavior he or she secretly engages in, like the politician who condemns his opponent for adultery while cheating on his own wife. When I'm back to insulting fat people, I won't be secretly fat. I will be thin in both my public and private life.
"But YOU were fat!" I know that still bothers you. Look at it this way. Many of us shoplifted when kids. But when you see someone shoplifting now, do you cheer them on? Do you say "that's great, go for it"? Of course not. You condemn their behavior, and if you cheer it's when they're led out of the store in handcuffs.
I would argue, in fact, that me once being fat completely defeats the charge of hypocrisy. A naturally thin person may well have the same lazy, undisciplined eating habits as a fat one -- he's not trying any harder, he just has a higher metabolism. But the thin me will be walking the walk with a proper diet and plenty of exercise, unlike the disgusting fat person who will be the target of my epithets.
Finally, I will point out that someone has to do it. If people fell on their knees and worshipped your fatness every time you entered a restaurant, would you think anything was wrong with your conditiont? Would you be doing Nutrisystem now? Of course not!. It's only because of all the snickering and dirty looks that you realize that you must change. And you wouldn't even know what the snickers and looks were all about unless somebody spelled it out with a few choice, insultng words.
And that somebody will be me!
Published Sat, July 10, 2010 02:30 AM by
I love reading your blogs! This one is very true and clearly points out something we all do. It may not be nice but it is reality. I did it when I was fat and I'll most likely continue to do it now that I'm thin. It's definitely embarassing to think about and horrifying that I'm putting it in writing.
July 10, 2010 06:32 AM EST
Again I disagree! BUT I do believe we all have the right to think the way we think and say those thoughts (or type them). I feel compassion towards people who are overweight and I want to help them because I know if I could do this - they could do this. I want to say to them, "take those glasses of denial off and choose to be healthier! You are worth it!"
I want to remind them that life it too short to waste anymore time .... I want to show them that it is easier than they think and the power to change is within them.
Kindness and compassion is the key to changing the world! We are all here on earth together .... now go out and show someone a bit of kindness!
July 10, 2010 09:22 AM EST
Thank you for respecting my First Amendment free speech rights. The only rights I like more are my Second Amendment right to bear arms and my Fifth Amendment right to remain silent -- which I often find myself exercising simultaneously when the cops pull me over.
Regarding the right to remain silent, there is a small percentage of women who don't exercise it enough. Remember: it's a right, not a privilege. You can stop yapping at any time.
I agree with most of your "compassionate" approach. Particularly your suggestion that we tell fat people they're self-deluded, unhealthy and their lives are short. As to telling them they're "worth it," I'm not sure. That is making a judgment about a person which is not always apparent just by looking at them. John Wayne Gacy was fat but he had dozens of corpses hidden up in the attic. Definitely not a "worth it" kind of guy. I might also add that sometimes the self-delusion call can be difficult if they are wearing contact lenses of denial rather than glasses of denial.
July 10, 2010 11:57 AM EST
I disagree with your 'final' point that "someone has to do it" or people wouldn't be on NS. It is a choice to be hurtful and ugly with your words. There are a lot of people on NS because of health and mobility issues. I believe you like to argue for the sake of arguing which is why you are so good at it if you ARE a lawyer as your name implys.
July 10, 2010 06:36 PM EST
I don't think we're really in disagreement. For example, you feel justified in criticizing me because you believe that I "argue for the sake of arguing." That's very similar to the reason I will be attacking fat people -- because I think they "eat for the sake of eating." In both cases, we're using ugly and hurtful words to discourage someone from engaging in what we consider an unpleasant habit. The only difference is that my arguing habit doesn't involve wolfing down deep-fried Twinkies and getting mistaken for a Port-o-San.
July 10, 2010 06:54 PM EST
Hahaha. How would you know about the bus seats? Don't you take up at least 2 of them? Or in an airplane, it would be 3 seats across. And according to the new rules put into effect in recent years, you would have to pay for all three! Hahaha. Haaha
remember that publicized photo of the heavyset man hanging over the seat into the aisle? That looks just like you! Haaha
I am a better food *** than u.
By the way, I am not serious. You should be able to discuss these matters In a kind way so that no feelings are hurt. It is terrible to hurt peoples feelings b
July 11, 2010 01:43 AM EST
I'm remembering the seat situation from when I was thin. As I've said, I can't wait til I get there again so that I can insult fatties like me.
I wish you hadn't said you weren't serious. My feelings were almost hurt enough that I was going to run for an hour on a treadmill just to show you I could change. But know that I know you accept me as I am, I'm going to order a couple of large pizzas with the works!
July 11, 2010 10:27 AM EST
Just reading this blog regarding your anticipation to insult fat people brought me to tears. Someone must have really done a number on you to make you feel so vengeful. I'm so sorry someone's cruelty has brought you to this. Why would you want to do something so hurtful to others after going through the pain yourself.
We are all responsible for ourselves. By telling someone they are too, fat too skinny, too ugly, or whatever isn't going to solve the problem. It's not contructive criticism. It's just down right mean. There are ways to help others if they so choose to accept and acknowledge the fact that they need help. This my friend is not the way. I am truly sorry that you have been hurt in the past and may be experiencing some ridicule at present. Please, before you go out and take pleasure and revenge on others, remember what it felt like for you. Don't aniticipate doing something that you may end up regretting. It is never a good thing to purposely hurt someone.
You can always suggest a healthier lifestyle for someone. Offer them advice or share some of your positive experiences. I know you you are expressing your first amendment, but I ask you to please reconsider your future actions.
God be with you my friend.
July 11, 2010 05:52 PM EST
I've just put up a post reconsidering my insult plan.
God be with you too.
July 11, 2010 11:36 PM EST
Good for you my friend. Thank you :-)
July 12, 2010 06:28 AM EST
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