Being Called A Douche-bag — It's Not Something To Strive For
I just love it!
I'm always for the underdog, those people that turn lemons into lemonade, especially when it comes to insulting people by name calling, turning something so vile, into something to strive for. Let me give you an example:
When Claude Monet presented his famous works of art; an art critique and journalist at the time who didn't care for Monet's style, labeled his works as "Impressionism" intending the word to be an insult to Monet, something no one else had done before, trying to capture the moment, but it backfired. Monet accepted the name and adopted it for himself, "Impressionist." I guess he like it and took it on as his own artistic style of expression. In other words turning lemons into lemonade.
Here's another; Being called a "queer." It wasn't very nice at all, even considered shameful, until the gay liberation movement embraced the term, taking all the negative connotations away from it and turning it into something positive. You've heard the saying, We're here, we're queer and we're not going away! Well, the word queer is now a symbol of pride.
And another; George Fox the English deserter and the founder of the Religious Society of Friends, better known as the Quakers, the belief of an "inner light." Well, being called a "quaker" at the time, this is in the late 1600's wasn't a compliment at all, it was an insult. They were first called, Quakers, hoping they would tremble at the very word. But, they didn't and the name stuck. His followers didn't mind, they even liked the idea, and now look, we have; the Quaker State, Quaker Oil, and Quaker Oats.
Methodists got their name because of their Oxford roots, their methodical habits of study and devotion.
Take Muckraker, meaning to always be looking down, early journalists took it on as their own.
The list is endless. I bet you could think of a few names yourself.
I'm still trying to make lemonade out of what people call me." If I go by the numbers, it seems like it's catching on. It just doesn't sound as good as Monet the Impressionist, or George the Methodist.
Dog the Douche-bag! No, being called a douche-bag, it's not something to strive for.
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