Well I swear that study cannot be right
There are certain headlines that I never expected to read: "Deep Fried Cheese Curds Named American Heart Association's Meal of Choice!" "McDonalds Introduces the Fat Free Big Mac!" "Swearing Could Be Good for You!" You can imagine my surprise whe...
There are certain headlines that I never expected to read:
"Deep Fried Cheese Curds Named American Heart Association's Meal of Choice!"
"McDonalds Introduces the Fat Free Big Mac!"
"Swearing Could Be Good for You!"
You can imagine my surprise when I actually saw the latter of these three printed in Time Magazine.
The article covered a study made by Keele University in England that supposedly verified swearing in moderation enables people to withstand pain and relieve stress.
They even developed a theory of why we swear in the first place, believing it is a refined "yelp" that we would have expressed, had we not evolved into the advanced life forms we are today.
I'm doubting the accuracy of the study for two reasons: First, I unfortunately witness people swearing everyday, and none of them look any more relieved as a result. In fact, it is my observation that we swear the most when we are at our emotional worst.
Secondly, since when is a well-defined expletive an evidence of greater human development? Doesn't the use of profanity reveal the lack of refinement?
Swearing is not evidence of an advanced development, but of a fallen nature. Jesus taught, what comes out of the mouth is a reflection of what resides within the heart, and once expressed, can make the person unclean (Mt. 15:18-20).
Jesus believed swearing was a detriment, not a benefit. Hmm, I wonder who we should believe.
As much as I disagree with the accuracy of the study, it does have me wondering what my dog is saying when I accidentally step on him in the night. I might have to wash his mouth out with soap.