Jerk is a word that shows contempt.
We don’t talk with jerks, we ridicule them,
push them away, and call them names.
So when I read an article online about an
elector on his state’s electoral college who
had resigned his position as an elector,
and noticed someone had written “jerk” above it,
I scratched my head. How does resigning
one’s position as an elector made him a jerk?

Have we reached the point in our country that
when we disagree with someone we call them names?
When I posed that question, I was told that I am
one of those “liberals” who doesn’t understand
what a lot of people are going through these days
because if I did, I would know why the former elector
is a jerk. The conversation went rapidly downhill,
and I bid him goodbye, and left.

Sad, isn’t it, when dialogue fails to happen,
we end up fighting with each other,
and problems get worse.

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What do you think about this? Comments are appreciated.

About gwpj

Originally from Seattle, I now live in Sapporo, Japan, where I write, explore this city, read widely, and ask questions about things that i see as important. I'm also an author, with three novels published ("The Old Man and The Monkey", "Grandfather and The Raven", and "Bear: a story about a boy and his unusual dog"). For more information about my writing, drop by my website, at
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2 Responses to Jerk

  1. robert okaji says:

    It seems our society has lost the ability to disagree amicably. We would rather destroy than understand.

    • gwpj says:

      Sad to say, I believe you’re right, yet we must learn to understand, especially when we have loved ones who could be the victims. I have 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and i don’t wish to see them victimized by our blindness. As the old saying goes, “We live in interesting times.”

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