Val is an out-of-the-box writer often questioning the validity of many popular tenets of cultural paradigm..
Humorous Treatment of Taboos
First off, let me briefly define what I am calling tabooism. In my mind, it's an insistence of any belief system to forbid challenging its tenets.
Back in 1989 movie actors Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder did that unforgettable comedy "See No Evil, Hear No Evil", where one was playing a blind dude, and the other was completely deaf -- in a hilarious plot of "solving a murder".
Now, there was no critic to be found with a total lack of humor, to accuse the film makers of something like "cruel mocking of human handicaps" -- albeit that's what it basically was.
Likewise, that dark humor has been used in countless comedies involving dead people, funerals and mourners, while turning into a funny version those most tragic moments in human lives.
We seem to be quite selective in drawing the line between humor and otherwise mocking something that's even sacred to us and our base beliefs, like for example, our religious faith.
We go so deadly serious about all those religious teachings, that we tend to forget how our messiahs were not some humorless, stern sourpusses, but humans who knew the full spectrum of love which they promoted as a main tenet of their teachings.
There is no love without happiness, and no happiness without laughter, and no laughter without humor, and no humor without exposing some forgivable flaws in our humanness.
But so many people tend to go quite stiff in matters of their beliefs, not allowing anything that would mean questioning their validity. And when it takes proportions of a whole group, or even the majority of the populace, we are talking about the tendency of tabooism.
Taboos are products of a locked believing which feels axiomatic and impossible to be questioned, altered, or debunked in any way. So, it's that emotional charge involved which makes it so stiff.
Thus, even if some people will laugh by watching Archie Bunker in "All in the Family", and his notorious racial remarks -- in "real life" they may go extremely offended by anything sounding even remotely like that.
Well, isn't that a pity, that only by using humor can we see our taboos as senseless.
About Tastes and Liberties to Express Them
Now, leaving humor and its role in taboos, let's see the serious side of them, like, say in matters of homosexuality. Why does one get instantly called a homophob, after saying that homosexuality, while socially an acceptable sexual preference -- is not natural?
Indeed, does it take a genius to figure how all mammals in the nature are procreating by a heterosexual interest in each other? And why gay folks get offended if you question the need for their Pride Parade, since we, "straight" f...kers don't have this need to advertise what we do in the privacy of our bedrooms?
No one has the right to tell anyone how they express their sexuality -- as long as no one is getting hurt physically or mentally or both -- but why make such an untouchable taboo of it.
To me, it's like you love indulging in some huge daily quantities of ice cream, and it's no one's business, as long as you don't start a blog and there you advertise eating a lot of ice cream as a "natural way for humans to eat".
Tastes, whether culinary, sexual, musical, or otherwise, are our private and free choice, as long as we don't make of them more than they are.
And so it is in politics as well, where political tabooists pretend to be the "only" smart asses who are allowed to use the freedom of believing and talking.
Look how illogical they go, as they proudly advertise their country as a part of a "free world", but call names anybody daring to challenge their views by using their own freedoms.
We might as well mention America as it condemns Russians' annexation of Crimea, while they themselves are in a constant military adventures imposing their will on other nations.
The last time I checked, Crimea folks, by a referendum, voted to be annexed to Russia, and then Ukraine folks didn't like it and decided to prevent it, at which point Russia stepped in with its military. Now, who the hell knows the ultimate truth when politics is in question -- but one thing appears certain -- anything that can be blamed on Russians comes handy to weaken them economically with sanctions.
Furthermore, another taboo theme that shouldn't be questioned -- and which instantly makes one being called "anti-American" -- is all that CIA is doing around the world, all sanctions that are only a form of economic terrorism, and calling an "enemy" any country that dares to prosper and so become a competitor on the global market.
It's often so useless to say how you are not talking about the nation, but about the policies of their governments, which is never the same. Even at any given administration, close to a half of the nation don't believe that their government is representing them, so they don't feel as being identified by their leaders and their policies.
Thus, there are those political taboos that no one "should" talk about -- just like the religious, or sexual ones. But hey, let us not skip the medical tabooism.
Medicine Making a Taboo of Its Importance
Just look how quickly some doctors get silenced at media when they dare to have a different opinion from the one of the mainstream authority.
We don't have to go to some past instances, but this current pandemic is providing more than enough examples of it. For, one after another some highly qualified voices are questioning the realistic need for this imposed "blanket lockdowns", which prevent kids from getting their education, and the working force from operating normally.
Many are actually downplaying the effectiveness of much pushed masks and social distancing, saying that such draconian measures are hurting people more than helping them -- as the social isolation, along with financial concerns, and the general paranoia, are greatly reducing people's immunity.
Dr. Kelly Brogan, MD, a holistic psychiatrist got promptly removed from social media after she dared to claim how most of the pandemic victims have died of fear, not of the virus itself. According to the science of psycho-neuro-immunology, a prolonged fear becomes our biology, messing up our immunity, and so making even a weaker pathogen possibly lethal for many people of sensitive genetic predisposition or a preexisting condition.
Isn't it obvious considering that, after more than a year of this medical, political, and media fearmongering, the numbers of the infected are bigger -- despite all protective measures globally enforced? With nervous, endocrine, and immune systems working in a close interdependency, Covid-19 may not be, after all, the main culprit in this crisis, because it is only as strong as immune system is weak.
But it's all branded as "conspiracy theorizing" by authorities who have the politicians, media, and police on their side.
In this case, we are obviously looking at "medical tabooism" -- even though it doesn't start or end at that. Namely, many a promising alternative and cheap cure for cancer got fiercely suppressed, since cancer is a multi-billion dollar business.
One would wonder why there are no government bodies who would investigate; but again, it's a taboo, an untouchable theme protected by some gigantic business concerns. Anyone questioning the "only officially approved" ways of fixing people's health -- by pharmaceuticals and scalpel -- gets accused of "medical heresy".
While I am at this expression, some decades ago, in his book "Confessions of a Medical Heretic", Dr. Robert S. Mendelsohn MD did quite some whistleblowing about the useless, if not also harmful, practices regularly performed by modern medicine.
And another medical doctor, Lisa Rankin, MD, in her book "Mind Over Medicine" tells how she left her practice upon a major disillusionment, while trying so hard to help her patients with traditional medicine, whose physical problems stemmed from their minds and hearts, so couldn't be fixed with either pharmaceuticals or scalpel.
Both doctors, and there has been a growing number of them, dared to expose medical practice's shortcomings that are persisting -- meaning a taboo based on a science dogma which insists on drug 'n scalpel routine.
Is medicine helpful? Of course, especially in cases of emergencies where their intervention is irreplaceable.
But, while doctors are saving countless lives in those many emergencies, in other areas of health care medicine is exaggerating with its competence -- which only in the US results with over 350,000 yearly fatalities caused by wrong diagnoses, treatments with wrong drugs, or wrong dosages. It's interesting how those numbers of medical screwups are never publicly reported. Well, secrecy is the infamous part of a taboo.
Please see the video below to witness the ongoing taboo with well protected and persistent global mistake made by the medical science.
Untouchable Practice of Online Re-Wording
In a less noticeable way, there are certain symptoms of tabooism also in this venture of online writing -- inasmuch as informative writing is hardly ever exposed as much inferior to creative one.
Well, it's Age of Information, and it dominates with people's main interests being in how to genre, making it more valued than creative posts, even though it takes so much more talent, imagination, and skill to be literary creative.
So, what's there to be exposed? It's the notorious re-wording practice going on in informative genre, which should be a mild word for stealing of others' ideas. We can easily say that only a few of those informative writers are doing some decent research, whereas all others are merely re-wording their work and presenting it as their own.
I don't have to know anything about anything and get thousands of views by using what others know. You type in something like "Abraham Lincoln", or "depression", or "the best smoothies" -- and there is so much to choose for your article that pops up on your screen.
All you have to do is be careful not to copy something word for word, and with a little of reshuffling of the original text you become a "master of information". So many are even not careful about that -- as it's easy to find complete identical sentences in different posts.
Yes, I am saying it because I am exclusively writing creative stuff -- although using a lot of information from loads of books that I have read. I don't use phraseology and terminology of modern sciences like epigenetics, quantum physics, psycho-neuro-immunology, energy medicine -- to mention these few, but so much of my messages stem from those fields.
And maybe -- just maybe -- because I am making my texts simple, they get transferred to Letterpile, along with other creative, not informative contents. Am I pissed over that? No, just observing and reporting here what I observe. Being pissed is "against my religion" -- no matter what it is.
I am simply saying how with this materialistically oriented online reading public how to change a lightbulb is more sought information than how to change the person who is changing the lightbulb.
I am aware how some of my ideas may sound like a bunch of literary crap -- and I honestly don't mind it. People have a right to like and to dislike stuff. While having that in mind, I certainly won't walk on my tippy toes around those readers who are sensitive to anything questioning their taboos.
To me, it's pretty much like the concept of shopping. You don't accuse the storekeeper if they carry crap that you would never buy -- you go to another store that sells your kind of crap.
I also don't see a storekeeper who will follow you outside and apologize for not having what's to your taste. Likewise, I don't care if many readers skip my post right after seeing its title.
Well, I obviously don't believe in my kind of writing being a part of a big literary taboo which is not to be belittled. I can never beat a number of readers who will go for a good recipe for Hungarian goulash.
Now, I started my story by showing the role of humor in weakening the importance of taboos in the public mind. Making a full cycle here, humor can be much more effective than a serious attempt to debunk some untouchable system of belief. Humor, and particularly its use in satires, can hit the emotional attachment to a taboo, derailing someone's thoughts -- even if only for a moment.
That's why I like writing satires, beside the fact that they are a lot of fun writing. Just like this one. If you've come this far, then some chances are that you also might have had some fun reading it. Thank you for doing it, it makes me less alone with these ideas about the existing tabooism in our culture market.
© 2021 Val Karas
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 28, 2021:
Hi ValKaras Interesting insight about Tabooism I watched a few documentaries and thought the same about it. Certain acts are not for anyone and some are, well what they prefer.
Val Karas (author) from Canada on April 27, 2021:
Amara -- Thank you for the nice comment, it's much appreciated.
Amara from Pakistan on April 27, 2021:
Val its a very well written Hub, highlighting many social issues with some added humour.. I liked it..