This is literal violence.

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  1. I’m a library card! I’m an annual bus pass! I’m a coupon good for a free Starbucks paper cup! I AM VALID.

  2. OtterBe says:

    “…just not very cogent”
    Love it! certainly not the punchline I was in any way expecting — and all the more impactful thereby.

    However, Mo asking for validation strikes me as out of character ( within the framework of the body-double we follow each week, I mean ): this guy is about as self-aware as a mayfly. Anyone care to contextualise it for me? Or, maybe, I’m over-thinking it?

  3. Someone says:

    This reminds me of Gattaca, where people are only valid of their genes are manipulated by eugenics before birth to be the best kind of human. In that context, Mo would most certainly be invalid, despite his grandiose thoughts to the contrary. Even Moses would be invalid. Jesus, well…that’s debatable.

  4. Laripu says:

    I looked this up. It turns out (and I didn’t know this before) that being your authentic self is yet another thing you can convince people of.

    Here, for example:

    It seems to me that this is a way that some people can justify being rude or obstructive, rather than seeing what is expected and going along with it.

    We’re social beings and live in societies. While we prize personal freedom (sometimes to an extreme, especially in America, but that attitude’s spreading globally), it’s also important to conform in many ways, and the number of ways increases as society gets more complicated.

    Not driving through red lights, not waving your middle aged pecker at teenage girls, not yelling in a restaurant; these are good examples of conformity. But ordinary politeness is just as important.

    When your authentic self is a jerk (tosser, asshole, bell end) then better to wrap it with some pleases, thank yous, and if you don’t minds.

    Or, you can be that authentic jerk and expect validation.

  5. Son of Glenner says:

    OtterBe: I love your phrase: “as self-aware as a mayfly”!

    I suppose in the grand scheme of things, we are all about as significant as a may-fly.

  6. Author says:

    OtterBe, Mo changes when he’s in a burka.

  7. OtterBe says:

    Ha! So I’m not overthinking this: there is something there.
    Thank you, Author, for the Word . This is a great excuse to reread the archives. I don’t offhand recall any deep discussions of Mo’s dual nature: it was either about the burka itself or into cross-dressing/ transgender issues.

    Thank you, Son of Glenner. I’m no wordsmith, but I enjoy language, and the mayfly’s frantic frenetic mating during otherwise deadly-dull hot days feels quite removed from introspection, don’t you think?

  8. Troubleshooter says:

    Is it possible the Mo also loses IQ points when he puts on that verdamnte burqa? I’m beginning to think so.

  9. Dana W says:

    Seriously, did a trans person run over your dog or something? You are starting to get stuck in a groove. Personally I transitioned 20 years ago. Surgery, ect. I don’t walk around in stereotype clothes wondering how “valid” I am. Or asking people to validate me for that matter. Or CONSTANTLY going on about it. I understand being sick of the “transgender community” I know I’ve had more than enough of it. But not everybody is like this schmuck. Some people simply want body mind congruity.

  10. Author says:

    Dana W asks:

    Seriously, did a trans person run over your dog or something? You are starting to get stuck in a groove.

    No. Neither has a Christian or a Muslim ever been responsible for the death of one of my pets. J&M is a satirical comic which makes fun of irrational beliefs. It’s been stuck in the same groove for over 15 years. Thank you for reading it. Stay well.

  11. two cents' worth says:

    I’m just grateful that Mo is not provoking uncontrollable lust. Who can forget ?

    Mo, it’s only human to want validation. You can get it from people who want similar validation (a social group, a support group, or a group on the ‘net), or from a therapist. But it’s not realistic to expect validation from J or Moses.

    What is an authentic self, anyway? Each of us is multi-faceted, and express different facets depending on the situation, what we’re doing, the people we’re interacting with, etc. I think it is rare to find even one other person who knows and appreciates all of one’s facets.

  12. two cents' worth says:

    “and express” should have been “and we express.” I hope I’ve avoided a POTWA!

  13. Son of Glenner says:

    two cents’ worth: Always proof-read your comment before hitting the “Submit Comment” button, now that the post-edit facility is no more. Author has already told us that it was not closed down deliberately and that there is not much s/he can do about it. (Is it still OK to use “s/he”? – I often find that more appropriate than using “they” as a singular.)

    BTW, Author – the pubs in England are about to re-open (not yet here in Scotland, alas), so I hope we shall soon be hearing from the Barmaid. I have been greatly missing her common sense remarks and punchlines. Please? Pretty please? Please on bended knee?

  14. J&M is THE BEST satirical comic which makes fun of irrational beliefs. Long may it prosper.


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