A Really Loud Belch

Proverbs 15:2 says, “The mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.”

With that in mind, let me ask…

Do you suffer from chronic pain?  Maybe your back hurts or you have arthritis in your joints or you need a hip or knee replacement.  Well, I have good news for you.  According to Madeline R. Vann*, a freelance health and medical writer, there may be ways to reduce your pain without spending any money.  One of the ways she suggests is cursing:

Does coping with pain make you want to swear out loud? Instead of biting your tongue, you should probably go ahead and do it (in an appropriate setting, though). Researchers have shown that loud cursing appears to make both men and women more tolerant of pain and even reduces their perception of pain. Possible reasons for this effect include the way that swearing may interfere with the link between fear of pain and its perception.**

I would like to officially thank Madeline Vann for providing us with such a classic example of Proverbs 15:2.  This paragraph is a priceless find for someone like me who believes that a large percentage of the secularists who are advising us on how to live are truly just making it up as they go along.  They are fools belching out foolishness.

Don’t you just love how she says you should “probably go ahead and curse?  That loud cursing “appears to make men and women more tolerant” of pain?  And that swearing “may interfere” with the link between fear of pain and its perception?  Ms. Vann really sounds sure of her assertion, doesn’t she?

And how about the phrase “researchers have shown…”?  You might legitimately ask “what researchers?”  But of course, there’s no footnote, no link, no name given.

But my favorite line is this: Possible reasons for this effect include the way that swearing may interfere with the link between fear of pain and its perception.  Huh?  What does that even mean?

I do, however, appreciate how Ms. Vann says that you should only scream your curses in an appropriate setting.  She’s obviously been reading Emily Post.  Yet I wonder…just what is an “appropriate” setting for shouting curses?  I assume we’re going to rule out church, the workplace, the classroom, the grocery store, the mall, the checkout line at Wal-Mart, the restaurant, the school assembly, the kids’ pee wee football game, the carpool, the doctor’s office, the dinner table, and the kids’ bedtime for starters.

Ah, you gotta love secularist “wisdom.”  It leads us to such wonderful, life enriching choices.




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2 Responses to A Really Loud Belch

  1. Steve Jones says:

    “Probably,” “appears,” “may,” – when I was in sales we called them “weasel words.” This expert is a foolish, belching weasel (fbw). Thanks, for another gem, Mark. My flock will be hearing about this one soon. My sermon illustration files are full of your material…it’s called “research” :o)

    • Mark says:

      Thanks, Steve. One of my goals when I started this blog was to put out stuff that would be edifying, but also usable. Thanks for the word of encouragement.

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