Just because he’s an A$%hole!

Now I’m not in favour of labelling people, and I think that we should always try to extend loving kindness wherever possible, but on Monday I met an a$%hole. He was employed by a tradie and sent to my house to do some preparatory manual labour. Long story short, his behaviour was appalling and I refused to have him on my property. In my defence the man has actually been fired because of a history of similar appalling behaviour, so my assessment of him as an a$%hole is warranted. The story for the blog though is when I went to relay the story as a bit of a debrief …

Do you ever start talking about an upsetting incident and the very first thing the person you are speaking to asks, “what nationality?” As though certain cultures have cornered the market in a$%holedom. And if you ask the person why that has anything to do with it they immediately get defensive; or attack you (which I think is the behaviour of an a$%hole). Now that attitude is a blog (a big one!) for another day, but the conversation did get me thinking.

Is there any culture that is so perfect that never in its history has there ever been a single person that could be called an a$%hole? I mean nearly every country in the world has prisons  and a certain group of activities that it considers crimes, so it is easy to assume that there must be, in every culture, a certain group of activities, consistently performed, to get oneself labelled “a$%hole“. Well perhaps not that specific word. Of course I didn’t really want to ask my friends this question so I relied on Google.

Now, being an Aussie girl at heart I was not surprised to find that someone has spent time to amass a list that allows you to call someone an a$%hole in any language. I read quite a few. German is such a great language to swear in, and the Kashmiri “you have an insect in your a$%hole” made me laugh out loud. I think I might try that one next time I need to lighten a tense situation. So on what has been a trying Tuesday in a trying week I leave you with some humour. Because sometimes we are human!

Please enjoy

A$%HOLE in any language …

http://www.youswear.com/index.asp?word=Asshole#.VWRPGk-eDRZ

Sweeden to close prisons …

http://freethoughtblogs.com/taslima/2013/12/04/sweden-is-closing-its-prisons-what-about-a-prisonless-world/