Warning, I Pulled the Trigger

Trigger Warning…

You see this little statement occurring more and more- social media posting, articles, etc.  It is essentially a warning that you may see or read something that does not agree with you.  Perhaps it reminds you of a horribly traumatic event in your life, something that took years to recover from, if ever.  I can understand that.  Naturally, if I was subject to something like that, I might avoid subject matter where such an encounter is likely to occur.  Similar to having a fear of enclosed places, I might elect to not to ride in elevators and most European automobiles.  It makes sense.

These days, though…yeah.  These days you see trigger warning on things subject matters like photos of clowns, skinny people dancing, weight loss products, etc.  It’s no longer a warning of highly charged subject matter and more a warning that something, somewhere, no matter how innocuous, might cause you to experience a response in some form.  Perhaps babies should be born with a warning label on the back of their neck.  Right next to, “Dry clean only” should be a line reading, “Warning: Life Ahead”.

This too, vexes me.



By Dan Granot

I chose the Shorter Whitman because of his work, "Song of Myself" and because of my self-deprecating sense of humor. I am under no illusion that I can write successful essays or poetry, but I have been known to write them anyway.

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