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These Virgin Ears

I long ago resigned myself to the fact that I live in this world. Crazy, I know. I live in a big, liberal city full of liberal people. People who claim their freedom of expression, freedom of speech and freedom of beliefs. Don’t get me wrong, I have faith in the Canadian Chart of Rights and Freedoms, but is there a line somewhere? And if there is a line, where is it?

I was at school early today planning on getting in a little work before class started. A couple of my friends were already in the classroom doing some last minute homework and discussing an upcoming art show. I love my friends at school, but I often have to remind myself that they had a very different upbringing than I and we may not see eye to eye on certain things. Often, if people are in a classroom early, someone will go to YouTube and put on some music to fill the silence. Usually I’m okay with that. Sometimes hearing the same song over and over and over again gets a little annoying, but it’s catchy, so I can cope. Today, though, was another story.

When the music was put on, I tried to ignore it, but in the end, I actually left the room. Chances are that my friends didn’t even realise what they were watching was offensive and I’m willing to bet they didn’t realise I left the room because I found it so offensive.

In the end, I’ve come to understand this: while I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I live in this world and I see things and hear things I don’t want to hear or see, I still have virgin ears and there are still things that I hear that make me blush and wish I hadn’t heard it at all.