The postmodernists (aided and abetted by capital) have done violence to language, we must seize it back
In my discussion about word abuse and distortion I am also interested in seeing the judicial system pull itself together and not allow such distortion to enter into the legal dialog. When we refer to someone who is objecting to, let's say, legalized homosexual marriage or exposing children to transgender presentations as a domestic terrorist, let' s compel the accuser to define terrorism. In my understanding, the word describes extreme fear, such as is produced in a torture chamber, not an argument against unethical behavior or activities. Someone praying at a trans gathering or before a corrupt legislature is nowhere close to be causing extreme fear (terror), so the media need to be held to account for correct use of the language, while they exercise their freedom of speech. Otherwise they need to be accountable for libel.
closely related to dignity is respect. while respect must be earned, and given by others, dignity is part of oneself, and describes a quality (how, or the manner in which one does something).
"...Dignity is our inherent value and worth as human beings; everyone is born with it. Respect, on the other hand, is earned through one's actions...." - https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/dignity/201304/what-is-the-real-meaning-dignity-0
Indeed Mr. Rogers! The cult of death, bougiecrats, have mastered Orwell's newspeak to confuse the masses. It's so freaky when amazing people Tom Elliot from Grabien make Supercuts of all the useful idiots repeating the same words/lines, over and over. The brainwashing is so clear when you see the supercuts and the repetitive distortion of language, hence distortion of reality. God Bless you, sir.
sex, gender, how a person interacts with the environment are all physiologically determined. how your mind and psyche develop is physiologically determined. there are tens of trillions of cells in a human body and you can hardly imagine how many trillions of cellular transactions have ocurred to result in an adult human, beginning with a single cell that divides according to an inherent genetic blueprint and ocurring continuously till whatever stage of life you currently occupy. there is no process that can take you back to where you started and gross surgical interventions can never congruently rearrange the physiogically of sex or phsiologically determined psychology of gender. in millions of years of evolution there has not resulted a society where superficially re-gendered individuals have naturally achieved a significant percentage of the population and i am skeptical that this phenomenon would exist without ulterior financial or political motives. self cutting and body modification seem to be an expression of dissatisfaction with oneself & might also result from historical trauma. since the brain is malleable the most non invasive and psychologically safest procedure for aligning sex and gender incompatibility is some type of non pharmaceutical mental therapy or counseling till such time till an individual has a fully formed mental capacity. Cutting off or reshaping body parts or absorbing alien hormones is not an effective way to alter genetically determined physiology since they are counter to inherent physiological elements that can't be wrong since they are primally determined. a certain degree of alteration of characteristics is possibe by selective breeding, but selective breeding only creates value when it results in the innovation, increase or preservation of valuable traits. It is illogical to think that a person would wish to be less than they could be. The question would then become "is there value in creating species of individuals who sexual identity and gender identity are non-congruent". On the other hand genetic variation is like a wild vine that explores every possible niche. There is value in variation and non conformity which sometimes result in beneficial mutations and enhances the collective opportunities for survival. If this is the case then what is the benefit of performing permanent surgeries or hormonal therapy to reconfigure persons with non-congruent sexual and gender identities. It seems that financial and political considerations are overwhelming the ethical considerations in this discussion and people are being pushed to irreversable surgical and hormonal therapies to the detriment of the individuals and for the benefit of institutions or other individuals. If you disagree, I would like to hear your point of view.
a poem for you Toby;
Watch Our Language Wreak Havoc
leave up to their son
the choice of
how to treat his
he is called
when what he is
as Nature created him.
When parents train
their children’s immune systems
to get ill and get well
as they have done since
the dawn of time
they are called
when what they are
as Nature created them.
trust their hearts
their educated minds
choose to trust their intact
to know how to get well,
they are called antivaxxers
when what they are is
I have two legs.
Am I then un-amputated?
A full head of hair.
My two smallish breasts.
When did illness become a sin?
recovery a crime?
When was Mother nature
given a pink slip? (made redundant?)
When did inoculations
Worship at ’Father Knows Best’ church
if you like.
Me, I’m still betting on Nature.
She bats last.
Allelujah for choice. Amen.
Blurse, I’ve used it for years - a blessing and a curse.
I do commend your effort as Babylon is exhausting!
I particularly like the word "philanthropath" which is roughly synonymous with a communal, moral or altruistic narcissist but is more instantly recognizable as the big, bad wolf in sheep's clothing.
Is the Universe Governed by Life or Death?
https://www.etymonline.com is a good etymological source
from Greek apostasia, apostasis "defection, desertion, rebellion,"
"messenger," especially the twelve witnesses sent forth by Jesus to preach his Gospel (Luke vi.13), from Late Latin apostolus, from Greek apostolos "messenger, envoy,"
"Gender Affirming" - a Newspeak term to mean the denial of someone's true self - such as a girl with a masculine essence, or a boy with a feminine essence.
Used in a sentence - Louie loves to play dress up, hates competitive sports, and seems like he will be attracted to other males. He can't possibly be these things and still be a boy, so, to affirm him, his teachers encouraged him to change his pronouns to she/her, and his name to Lola. His school is so affirming, that they help him hide from his parents, who love him and accept his natural femininity.
"Gender Affirming Care" - a Newspeak term for poisoning, and in some cases physically mutilating, bodies of gender nonconforming people, usually children. Even the 'care' is Orwellian, as in the name of "affirmation", these kids are often medical patients for life, sometimes sterile, with higher risks of cancer and osteoporosis, at least.
Used in a sentence - The LGB Alliance, who claim that transing kids is an insidious form of conversion therapy, and if left alone, most kids who are led to think they're trans would just end up being gay or bi and in much better health than if they medically transitioned, are bigoted transphobes out to deny children the gender affirming care they deserve. The LGB Alliance should be classified as a hate group, and placed on a domestic terror watchlist. Obviously, they're also far alt right wackos, because it's the right wing that's out to rob innocent children of the gender affirming care they deserve.
(In reality, the LGB Alliance is non political and make room for different political views, from green to left to right and all in between).
FYI, I’m pretty sure I’ve heard the term “bougiecrat” before you started using it. I think it may have been from a hip-hop artist, perhaps Boots Riley from The Coup but I can’t be certain. Nevertheless I still consider you one of my favorite Substack authors...
I never liked the phrase "speaking truth to power" when I first heard it spoken on Air America and I was agreeing with the people who said it. I never thought that "power" was even listening, so why bother "speaking to" it? Plus it was being used so often by so many people that it turned into a mantra, like "they hate us for our freedoms" that those same people were mocking.
We need lexicographers like you, Toby, and George Carlin.
I'm not a practicing Christian. The Bible is a book of mythology in my opinion. Don't try to draw me into this. I am a preacher's kid. Furthermore, although I recognize you don't agree with me, in my opinion God does not exist. I'm responding to your post as a courtesy but will not discuss the Bible further.
The reluctance to run into a good friend that you haven't seen in three years for fear that, in the interim, he/she may have developed some bizarre political/cultural syndrome that makes him/her utterly unrecognizable.
I love what you said about "vaccine hesitancy" - a very clever wording to apply to people whose gut instinct was to avoid the jab, allowing for "reasonable people" to persuade the hesitant.
I was never "vaccine hesitant". I was a HARD NO from the drop.