Wednesday, May 1, 2019

What Does This Mean?

By now, the changing of the language has been a topic for countless pundits, political or otherwise. But what does it really mean, this penchant for removing the solid foundations of the way we communicate with one another? It means the death of our society. 

Just as an earlier post on this blog recognized that the SCOTUS had destroyed the rule of law (and with it, in the philosophical realm, the nation), the destruction of the language is the destruction of the civilized society that remains. 

We need a consistent understanding of language to communicate. Without communication, we cannot build nor maintain a society. The Bible makes this quite clear in the account of the tower of Babel.
"1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
6 And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth."~ Gen 11:1-9

This twisting of the language means that justice is unobtainable - both because the law is become as malleable as the language and because the people are become unable to communicate. If one believes strongly that justice will consist of one thing, but society has decided that justice is whatever the individual with the most powerful voice declares it to be, then where is true justice to be found?

If a government cannot provide that most basic function of government - consistent legal standards through which judgement and justice may be obtained by the population, then such a government forces the people to take justice into their own hands. And, when enough people decide to do so, there will be violence because there is no other recourse.

The government of the USA was set up to leave the authority of the government in the hands of the people. However, such a safeguard REQUIRES a shared set of ethics, morals and values among the people. And a shared set of morals, values and ethics requires a shared language. 

Islam demonstrates the insidious power of language  as a weapon very well. A muslim will say "Islam means peace"and be quite truthful about it. A non muslim will hear that as; "islam means non-aggression/absence of conflict". A scholar of islam will recognize that, when spoken by a muslim "peace" means "submission to islam, which is a very different thing.

How does a society reclaim it's language in such times as these? When we have come so far down the road towards destruction that one cannot be sure what is meant by such basic words as "man" or "woman" unless one knows the political views of the speaker and possibly not even then? How may we fight when we have no words that may be relied upon to define the enemy?

"Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding." ~ Prov 23

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