Word Control

in Deep Dives2 months ago (edited)

The pen is mightier than the sword. I think we all know that saying and what it basically means is that words, language is a much better tool to conquer people than weapons and violence. The threat of a sword dissipates once it's sheathed, the threat of an enemy disappears once he's defeated, but words have a tendency to burn themselves into conscious and subconscious minds, thereby creating an everlasting effect on the behavior and beliefs of individuals who've consumed them...


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source: Wikimedia Commons

Add to that truth the knowledge that history is written by the victors, and you start to understand how we, the people, have been suppressed by our elite upper-class leaders throughout the ages. It might sound silly, especially because English is not my native language and I often struggle with finding the right words or constructing fluid sentences, but as I write these daily posts I'm fully aware of these truths, and I do my best to not use the "wrong" words and sentences. However minor the effect of my words on your mind may be, I know that effect exists; on a very small scale you and I, dear reader, shape each other's minds. You shape mine by just being there, by creating an audience that compels me to keep on writing, to keep the quest for the "right" words alive. I shape yours by presenting to you the outcome of that quest. The mass media does the same, but on a massive scale, not just because of the numbers of people they communicate to, but also because of the frequency with which they do so; if you watch the daily news on TV you expose your mind to a constant bombardment of words that are carefully selected to solicit a carefully response from you, with the main goal being your continued acceptance of the status quo.

One of my favorite word-magicians was George Carlin, may he rest in piece, and today I share with you one of my favorite fragments of his brilliant performances. In it he describes how the use of language has changed during his life, how it has become more and more euphemistic, and how that language is used to shield Americans, because he was an American performing in America in front of an American audience, from the harsh truth. He starts by discussing how after the Great War the mental illness many soldiers suffer from was first called "shell-shock", but later became "battle-fatigue" and the even softer "post-traumatic stress-disorder"; "shell-shock" was direct and harsh, which is the truth about the condition, but that truth is now completely covered up by calling it "post-traumatic stress-disorder" or PTSD in short.

One of my favorites is when he says this: "Poor people used to live in slums. Now the economically disadvantaged occupy sub-standard housing in the inner city"... "Poor people" and "slums" are still the truth, but being "economically disadvantaged" somehow sounds much friendlier, again covering up the harsh conditions these poor have to endure daily, and "disadvantaged" makes it sound like their position in life is somehow the result of circumstances that can't be helped (other that the good old "pick yourself up by your bootstraps" of course). Also, "sub-standard" leaves a lot open for interpretation; what is "standard", and how much beneath that is "sub"? With incomes for regular citizens going down for decades, and internal warfare being intensified for decades, it was necessary for the ruling class to adjust the language around those topics to keep their actions acceptable, to make us keep our pitchforks locked in the shed. But I've said too much already; just watch and listen to the word-master that was George Carlin make the point in his own unique way...


George Carlin on soft language


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We've been psychologically maneuvered into confusing offense with harm. We can no longer use the most appropriate words, for fear of offending someone. Deliberate obfuscation of truth. This business comes from the far left though my friend. Now I am looking at the field of psychology as a major player in our readiness to submit to authority.

I LOVE this insight of yours:

However minor the effect of my words on your mind may be, I know that effect exists; on a very small scale you and I, dear reader, shape each other's minds. You shape mine by just being there, by creating an audience that compels me to keep on writing, to keep the quest for the "right" words alive. I shape yours by presenting to you the outcome of that quest.

I had no idea you were not a native English speaker. You craft your words extremely well. I marvel every single day that you've put together yet another thoughtful and thought provoking post. Thank you for your devotion.

This business comes from the far left though my friend

100%.
Leftists have to try and control words, as their 'illogical' logic, collapses under scrutiny - and so meanings and context have to be continually twisted. ('political correctness' just one example).

Communism is a way to hide your greed and envy under a cloak of philosophical self righteousness and faux moral superiority.

Perhaps any "ism" provides a way to do that. I'm no expert on any of this. I just want to save the world from totalitarianism and the police state that is coming at us FAST. I think any of us who see this condition wants to correct it.

I have no idea which ism is bringing it: capitalism, socialism, communism, luciferianism, satanism, over-thinking-it-ism. I just want to have autonomy over my own body, and a safe home.

I just want to save the world from totalitarianism and the police state that is coming at us FAST.

100% THIS.

Leftists have to try and control words,

"TWO PARTY" = ONE PARTY

Thanks so much for the kind words @owasco; coming from you that means a lot :-)

Having said that though, I have to disagree with the part @lucylin agrees with; you're both so very very wrong, and it's so easy to see why you're wrong that I can't fathom why you would even think that the deliberate obfuscation of the truth is a leftist invention. It should be clear to see that America hasn't seen a leftist (let alone far left) government since the days of FDR, so anything coming down from the top, including the lies to protect the status quo, are therefore clearly from neoconservative and neoliberal origin. Now, unless you want to erroneously label the liberals as "far left", the lies can never originate from the far left. I'm far left, and I don't lie. Th lies are, and always have been, capitalist lies; read today's post (I'm almost done writing it) for more on that.

You're right. Political labels are also part of the obfuscation. What we call the left now is nothing more than the wing of a stage that a actor on this world stage walks in from.

We can say the same about any ideology. The true path is one that one chooses for oneself. Our error is in thinking that any one of them is tantamount to any other. I'm leaning toward anarchy at present. If each tiny plot on the earth could just be true to itself, there would be no need of government at all. That we need governing at all is the illusion. Socialism included. Sorry, I knew you disagree there.

What we call the left now is nothing more than the wing of a stage that a actor on this world stage walks in from.

Whether they enter from "stage left" or "stage right", they're all part of the same "performance".

Yes, I am fond of saying that politics is performance art. Trump is a master at it. I sure wish I knew what his true intents were.

The "true intentions" are the same as any 3 year old.

Constantly demand to be the "center of attention".

INFORMATION WAR = ATTENTION WAR

THE CORPORATE MOBSTERS SHOULD BE PAYING US TO EXPERIENCE THEIR PROPAGANDA ("ENTERTAINMENT").

Cable, streaming, satellite, it seems like they've tricked us into paying for our own poison.

Yes they sure have, via government mandates that we must purchase products we don't want, sure don't need, and are harmful. We've been quite naive. It's time to correct that condition.

I just came across this guy. For some reason I think he would resonate for you. I haven't really delved into this yet though. I love his vocabulary list.

https://theethicalskeptic.com/?fbclid=IwAR2xbqtsKMIYXJ9Kj7iaToyPYcw1Y7YIHh2o_YY8bPFktEkSjw3wifIFdQ0

The Bricklayer’s Error – the presumption that academic, heuristic or deep single-function expertise (bricklaying) qualify one to stand as authority as to how the broader issue is to be managed (house is to be built or lived-in). Presupposing that a physicist who studies precession, should be the foremost expert on bicycling.

Linear Affirmation Bias – a primarily inductive methodology of deriving inference in which the researcher starts in advance with a premature question or assumed answer they are looking for. Thereafter, observations are made. Affirmation is a process which involves only positive confirmations of an a priori assumption or goal.

Thanks for the link!

Watch about 5 minutes of this if you get a chance,

THIS IS FANTASTIC! THANK YOU!

M.I.N.D.B.L.O.W.N.

Here's the follow-up (interview with the creator),

We seem to forget that the first group that tried to ban Carlin's performance was from the "right" side of the political spectrum.

Recording material for a new album, Class Clown, he debuted a monologue called "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television." Rattled off to hearty laughter and applause, the words were: st, ps, fk, ct, c********r, m**********r, and t**s.

The bit was meant to highlight the absurdity of signaling a few words out of the roughly 400,000 in the English language that would somehow corrupt our souls by repeating them for public consumption, and Carlin effectively made his point with silly voices and simple logic.

But the funnyman knew he was treading in dangerous territory: He had been with Lenny Bruce a decade earlier when his mentor was arrested in Chicago for saying at least two of those forbidden words during a show.

Sure enough, Carlin met the same fate in Milwaukee a few months after debuting his "Seven Words." His arrest was eventually thrown out, but the bigger battle was just beginning.

https://www.biography.com/news/george-carlin-seven-words-supreme-court

But Justice William Brennan slammed the "misapplication of fundamental First Amendment principles," in his dissent, writing, "The Court's decision may be seen for what, in the broader perspective, it really is: another of the dominant culture's inevitable efforts to force those groups who do not share its mores to conform to its way of thinking, acting, and speaking."

You think tax isn't theft - because it's legal!

The biggest intellectual lie there is.
Maybe you don't even realize you're lying - to yourself.
lol
Communism is popular because it ennobles theft and violence with an air of philosophy and legitimacy.

Once again you demonstrate the narrowness of your perspective... So let me, once again, correct you; tax is theft in a society built on the individuality and individual greed you so fervently defend, so we're in agreement there. Taxation in itself is not theft because it's the completely rational recognition that you're not alone, but part of the society from which you pluck the fruits. Get it?

So a forced reallocation of resources from 'A' property owner - to 'B' is not theft?

Ok.... got it....lmao.

Communism is a way to hide your greed and envy under a cloak of philosophical self righteousness.
....Got it?

The "forced" part is only true when viewed from a highly self-centered and purely individualist perspective. Get it?

I don't blame you if you don't though; only a few people ever recognize the brainwashing they've been subjected to their entire life. Do you know the difference between believing in God and believing in Santa Claus? With the latter parents are sensible enough to tell you at a young enough age that he's just a made up figure... Get it?

I do hope your four-legged, not brainwashed friend is still doing okay :-)

There is only the individual.
That is reality.
Society is a concept. get it?
You can have individuals without a society - but try making a society without individuals....good luck on that.
The individual is the lowest common denominator on which to build any model.

I don't blame you if you don't though; only a few people ever recognize the brainwashing they've been subjected to their entire life.

If you think society is real- not conceptual- have you ever considered the fact that it might be you who's been brainwashed?
(god and santa claus are conceptual too, so understand the concept)

She's doing fine matey, thanks. Back to normal now.

I'm so glad she's doing okay; we (my son actually) just got us a cat, like 4 months ago, and he's not been doing well for a week or two, just wouldn't eat... We were lucky though; turns out it was worms, and he's now back to normal :-) After only a couple of months we got so attached to the little bugger, so I can only imagine how stressed and worried we would have been if we'd had it as long as you've had her...

I'm still curious why the narrow perspective; if you're able to understand that both God and Santa Claus are concepts, why can't you understand that society and individuals are equally real? Individuals make up society, but society makes individuals. Every individual is the result of a community, even in a biological sense every individual is the result of a community of two people. It's that extremist individualism that's been propagated by your rulers that's got you stuck in your narrow perspective on the reality of the human condition my friend. We've always lived in communities and that will never change. All our freedoms are granted to us from the community we're part of and that will never change. Understand that concept.

I was just thinking about this the other day, honestly!
How language was used to communicate...
Now we have Linguistic Magicians who use language to manipulate feelings....
🤔
In Biblical times they would call it Black Magic...
🤔🤨🤔

We must learn how to "spell".

LEARN TO FUCKING SPELL