If you tune into the Big Dave and Company Podcast this morning, you are going to hear a story from Mike-a-licious about an encounter that he had with a guy in the street. I am not going to give a lot of details but I WILL say that in this encounter the guy gave him the finger and he responded with more than just a gesture. And that is how it should be.
Too many of us - myself included - have been hiding behind the middle finger (or similar gesture if you are overseas) for far too long. We have this nasty tendency to throw it around so much that in all actuality it really isn't worth anything anymore. And that is a shame, because it should be. That is supposedly one of the worst gestures that we can make, and we have a nasty tendency to make it all the time.
Even more egregious is the fact that we tend to hide behind the gesture because we are too pansy to actually say anything. By making a simple gesture from the safety of a great distance, or maybe from inside of a car, we can instigate situations with the relative certainty that we won't have to deal with any consequences. And that is wrong. Dead wrong. When Mike-a-licious responded personally to the gesture on the street, he was doing the exact opposite of that the maker wanted. He wanted to have the opinion without the consequences, and in the end he got the bull by the horns.
So I am going to begin responding in some way, shape, or form. Not every time because I am not going to chase a trucker down across seventeen states to have it out with him, but I am going to respond when the situation warrants it, and I am not going to hide behind the finger either. If I can't say it and approach the offender, I am just going to let it go. Because I want to practice what I preach. So that is that, and I hope you are with me. Then we can make sure that the finger really means something again, and that it is only used the way it is intended, not as a thing to hide behind.