Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Badd Apple Club

I was called a "bad apple" recently by a crazy mermaid who likes to lop off people's heads This is not the sweet little mermaid of song and Disney cartoon. Think the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, the one who was always yelling, "Off with their heads!"

The definition of a bad apple is a person of low morals who corrupts the good apples all around. But, we all know from experience that the bad apple is often just an independent-thinking person who stands up for what he or she believes in the face of an entrenched majority or someone in a position of authority. The bad apple may be the one who blows the whistle on corruption or turns in the brother-in-law who is selling drugs. Bad? It's all in your point of view. Should we all toe someone else's line just so they can stay in their comfort zone and feel like they are in charge? Wouldn't the world be more peaceful if we would all just behave?

Nah, I can't do it. I gotta be me.

So, I'm starting the Badd Apple Club. It already has four members, the crazy mermaid's "bad apples." The misspelling is deliberate. After all we know we aren't really bad. And the lesson is this, when someone tries to hurt you by calling you names, take the name and wear it with pride. It will piss off your enemies. Maybe you'd like to join the club. Are you a Badd Apple?

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