I often say, to the shock of no one, that communicating is the most difficult thing human beings do.
Was it mine?
At the time of your posting, mine was the only post in this thread containing the word “practice,” let alone the phrase you’ve reproduced.
If so, pardon me for being vague: It’s a quality I dislike in others, and abhor in myself.
What I meant, Jaray, were homosexual acts.
By these, I mean this:
Years ago, there was a debate, raised by the news uncovering President Clinton’s indiscrete sexual activities with Monica Lewinsky, as to whether “oral sex was sex.” (This happened, despite half the term being the word “sex,” as the space between the words is there merely to accommodate the word “sex.”)
Technical wrangling raged. However, I answered the question this way:
Sex is anything, whereby, if you came home from grad school and found your college best friend doing it with your mom, you’d immediately a) scream something unprintable, b) grab him, punch him in the face, and throw him out the house, as is, c) scream at your mother, and d) never talk to her again, or for at least a few years. Plus, if your father found out, he’d e) divorce your mom.
By homosexual acts, I mean the same, unnamed, incipient action, above, except where your best friend is the same gender as your parent.
Well, you wouldn’t be a practicing homosexual if you didn’t commit homosexual acts.
One might seek to hire a lawyer, or a physician, only to find out neither of them practice law, or medicine, any longer.
Each would still be a lawyer, or a doctor. But they would no longer practice the acts of their professions; e.g., filing briefs, seeing patients, etc.
I meant “the practice of homosexuality” in a similar way.