We Have Abused The Word ‘Toxic’ and It Need’s To Stop

Have we become too sensitive?

Adaeze Sherleen Ilo
Be Unique

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I remember watching an episode of The Power puff girls, as a child, where Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup broke into the lair of Mojo Jojo, and in it lay a septic tank with poisonous green gas oozing out. Written on the tank’s body was the warning in black — Toxic, Followed by a big ‘X’ sign and a skull head for more emphasis. Those were good times — innocent times.

Toxic used to be a word that people associated with dangerous substances like wastes and gas fumes, but these days it has taken on a whole new meaning.

Owing to the rise of self-awareness and the spread of self-help ideas via social media, blogs, and traditional media, more and more people are getting educated on making better decisions when picking partners or friends and protecting their boundaries.

All good things. But with it comes the new use of the word toxic. Toxic now means anyone who doesn’t protect your peace and strains your mental health by their actions. These toxic people, we are told, need to be cut off, and rightly so.

But as with every good intention, people have a way of swinging to extreme sides of the pendulum, and movements meant for good become destructive. And it makes you wonder how we got to this point.

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Adaeze Sherleen Ilo
Be Unique

Just a happy go lucky girl who recently embraced her writing super powers. Now I write to make up for lost time.