Language can be used as a sneaky way to control, more than most people that I’ve known imagine, and more than I used to image too, until somewhat recently.
It can become pretty obvious if you pay attention to what some -for example- politicians say, if you have the capacity to not be absorbed by the hypnotic property of talking utter rubbish. Some just open their mouths and go on and on and on and say absolute nothing, while those who listen to them actually think they have heard something. A guy asks “What are we going to do about the war?”, and he replies “War is bad and I don’t like cake” and then people applause.
Some have made language a means of creating impressions instead of understanding. And don’t be fool to assume that impressions and understanding are the same.
I keep hearing about capitalism this and socialism that, and this party and that party quarreling on TV and so on. And although parties have vanished, and new ones have come to power, and although we have actually changed the whole civic a few times until now, I still go to work and work under the same conditions and get about the same money, like I did 15 years ago. The only thing that has changed is that some become more and more stupid, and parrots and fanatics fighting over things that don’t exist.
And when you think that things exist while they don’t, while you have never seen them, felt them, heard them, but only heard about them, that’s hypnotism baby. And some live in a movie that’s not of their own making, and some others make sure they’ll never wake up from it, so that their fraud will never be revealed. That while they are told to be ‘down to earth’ and not dream, and think realistically.
You shouldn’t think with words, because words don’t have a specific meaning, and thus one can slightly (or more) twist the meaning of them and use you. When somebody says that ‘slavery’ means ‘involuntary work under threat or use of force’ and then calls involuntary work under threat or use of force -like hunger- ‘work’ instead of ‘slavery’, we have a problem, mate. When somebody punishes his child because he ‘loves’ it, what will the child understand when another says he or she loves it again? I mean, if love equals hate, that’s going to bring about some trouble. When responsibility means ‘the state of being the person who caused something to happen’ and another twists that to be ‘to be accountable for’, that’s not the same either. If nobody knows they make things happen, in an effort to dodge being accountable and punished for it, you see how making things happens (no matter what those are) and knowing it is something to be punished for. And so then you’ll be unwilling to make things happen. It’s the same with success. ‘Be successful’ they say. And then they tell you what to do in order to be that, because ‘success’ obviously means to be told what to do –to have a good job, and so on.
Happy being free