By Jerome Neu
"Sticks and stones might holiday my bones yet phrases won't ever harm me." This schoolyard rhyme initiatives an invulnerability to verbal insults that sounds strong yet jewelry fake. certainly, the necessity for this sort of verse belies its personal claims. for many folks, feeling insulted is a distressing-and distressingly common-experience.
In Sticks and Stones, thinker Jerome Neu probes the character, goal, and results of insults, exploring how and why they humiliate, embarrass, infuriate, and wound us so deeply. what sort of damage is an insult? Is it made up our minds by way of the insulter or the insulted? What does it demonstrate concerning the personality of either events in addition to the nature of society and its conventions? What function does insult play in social and criminal existence? whilst is telling the reality an insult? Neu attracts upon a wealth of examples and anecdotes-as good as a number of perspectives from Aristotle and Oliver Wendell Holmes to Oscar Wilde, John Wayne, Katherine Hepburn, and lots of others-to supply outstanding solutions to those questions. He indicates that what we discover insulting can display a lot approximately our rules of personality, honor, gender, the character of speech acts, and social and criminal conventions. He considers how insults, either intentional and accidental, make themselves felt-in play, Freudian slips, insult humor, rituals, blasphemy, libel, slander, and hate speech. And he investigates the insult's notable energy, why it might so speedy destabilize our feel of self and threaten our ethical id, the very middle of our self-respect and self-esteem.
enjoyable, funny, and deeply insightful, Sticks and Stones unpacks the attention-grabbing dynamics of a phenomenon extra frequently painfully skilled than in actual fact understood.
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The purposes allegedly being served and the probabilities involved must surely be taken into account, as must the character and extent of any infringement on liberties and rights. It is conceivable that members of a particular race are no more likely to be hazardous drivers or otherwise dangerous to others than members of any other race, and that police who disproportionately stop drivers on the basis only of their race serve no good purpose. ) It is also conceivable that, at this time, persons of certain ethnic backgrounds boarding airplanes are more likely to be terrorists than others, and so subjecting them to special screening makes more effective use of limited resources.
In his book, he attributes his deplorable practice to low self-esteem, claiming that “people of low self-esteem have a hard time realizing that they have any effect on others” (90). The more plausible explanation would seem to be a self-centered playing with power or a careless disregard for others (who might simply have ceased to exist for him when not directly in his line of sight). After all, there were so many others staring at him and making him real—making him important (the power belied by his claimed low self-esteem).
If, on the other hand, he rejected an apology at the ﬁrst level, his right to choice of weaponry was forfeited. ”)4 That assault and battery should be regarded as serious offenses is hardly surprising, law everywhere generally treats them as such—though 4. The German codes, in this as in other matters, basically followed the Comte de Chatauvillard’s canonical manual, of which Nye (1993, 144) provides a summary. HONOR: SLAPS AND SWORDS 41 sports contexts, such as football and boxing, make for exceptions, and dueling itself might be regarded as a special context in light of the consent of both parties.
Sticks and Stones: The Philosophy of Insults by Jerome Neu