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Snowflake

Snowflake

So, you call me snowflake.
Why?

Why do you think it derogatory
to be called such a beautiful name?

How can there be shame?
In showing empathy for the weak, the oppressed
and the lame?

If, as it now seems, you are a snowflake if you care.
Then I AM SNOWFLAKE and proudly wear the name.

A compliment will not deter me from pointing out the blame.

All snowflakes are unique.
So bring your hatred to this snowflake.
Find this snowflake still has teeth.

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Tony Taylor

WOW!! Sir NIGEL!!.... there's a whole LOT going on in the back story of this piece!!.....I can tell!!...... and in reading between the lines here..... it appears as though you're taking the 'higher path' through this confrontation/disagreement?.....or maybe I'm just TOTALLY off base here...... regardless...... well penned as usual my friend!!...... proud of you!!.... is it O.K. to say stuff like that!?....... smiles.......T xo šŸ§āœ“ā¤

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Nigel Cresswell

Hi Tony,
It's not about a personal argument or any one person. It's about the annoyance I deeply feel at the use of this phrase. I don't know who coined the phrase but it was sometime early 2010's. Wikipedia define it as a derogatory term for someone who is entitled, feels that they are special and unique, and is easily offended. Sounds like a horrible sort. Then look how it gets used.
If you feel that all people are entitled to respect you are a snowflake. If you believe that every human being is special and unique, as I fervently do, you are a snowflake. If, according to the internet, you are offended by children being killed 'cos other children have assault rifles you are a snowflake. If you are offended by children being ripped from their parents at boarder points you are a snowflake. If you believe in my country that someone who has paid into a welfare state for thirty or forty years and then need that states support is entitled to the benefits they have paid for but are also entitled to human respect, yep, you're a snowflake.
Tony, I am so proud to be a snowball !
Your friend
NigelĀ 

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lodigiana

Hi Nigel ,Ā  If being a snowflake is to care,respect and empathise with fellow living creatures then I am happy to be a snowflake..I love the image created here andĀ  knowing that such a delicate unique and seemingly fragileĀ  structure when combined withĀ  others of the same ilk can build something strong andĀ  protectiveĀ  make me very happy and determined not to dissolveĀ  under critics heat! . Thanks for this wonderfully constructed and visionary write it makes meĀ  think that we could have a great snowball fight sometime my friend!!Ā  xxx

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Nigel Cresswell

Thank you my friend. A massive great snowball fight would be fabulous fun!
It's interesting that the kind of people that use the phrase in a derogatory way also try and tell us that the most dangerous man in Britain is an old bloke who likes his allotment and is fascinated with manhole covers. It's a weird old world.
Nigel

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Syd

I love the ending line Nigel. As you know I'm a so called lefty. Although I wouldn't label myself Snowflake. It's definitely a term that the media have taken to extremes.Ā 

- SydĀ 

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Nigel Cresswell

Cheers Syd, the last line is the point I suppose. The whole thing is a way of saying "Alright sunshine say that to my face." I just don't get what they think the insult is.
Cheers mate
Nigel

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