- 1. stupid or untrue talk or writing; nonsense.
- Chewed up grass and branch water.
- 1. talk nonsense to (someone), typically to be misleading or deceptive.
”Do you know the difference...?”
Language is is a tricky bitch in that it’s used almost as much for deception as for the truth. Take for example, Donald Trump rides that fine line between truth and lie about as well as any modern day public figure. Every word he delivers is crafted to incite some and offend others. His mastery of this technique allows him the power to become a United States President while humiliating whatever opposition exists in his path. Quite brilliant when you magnify the relevances of his words. Words have context in at least two dynamics, the author of their words builds the story as an expression of their consciousness, while the reader interprets those exact same words to mean whatever is working within their consciousness. Same words, two consciousness, varying interpretation. Every time a new reader digests the words, another interpretation rises up. As you can see, this can churn up the complexity way beyond the initial intent. This manipulative articulation of human expression isn’t new to the modern day. The debate as to where the beginning originated wages on, but the proliferation of language and expression are abundantly apparent today. The modern day social/political state of affairs lends to the exasperation of this manipulation of words to take advantage of the masses lacking an educated perspective. The ideological posturing surrounding U.S. politics nudges the followers into their respective sides, not based upon a logical assessment, but rather from an emotional attachment to the message. A sense of belonging as it were, where justification of anything said is overridden by the tribalism of the ideology. Case in point, Trump regularly makes comments via Twitter, that directly contradict previous commentary. He uses language similar to what a socially connected group of ordinary citizens would use whenever trash talking others. You know, adolescent like behavior. Fans of sports teams regularly engage in such bantering, where pride is involved in re-enforcing the tribes bond, and rational thoughts are mostly absent. It’s effective because this is representative of how most people exist in their own personal situations. Fear of exclusion or not belonging supersedes their ability to logically contemplate the situation. We all too often passively allow things to just happen. Too afraid to stand up for what’s right in our hearts, for fear of being on the outside looking in with those around us. Negative Peace!
I took some time this morning to expose myself to what’s being portrayed in the mainstream media as news by watching the CBS program “Face the Nation”. Not that it’s any different than any other political programming, but simply because it conveniently follows CBS Sunday Morning. I do enjoy the human interest stories that show provides in the midst of all the negativity associated with nearly everything else called news these days. Obviously, the primary story involved the Texas courts ruling declaring the ACA (Obamacare) unconstitutional on the grounds it violates the the new tax laws. Each person being interviewed vehemently defends the ideology of the their political allegiances completely absent of a shred of logical debate. No discussion of the trade offs that exist within every situation of this scale and scope. “We are right, and they are wrong” The moderator (if that’s what you want to label her) asks antagonistic questions, but yields to the rhetoric blasted out as a response. Answers are grand statements void of specific reference to the actual question. The supported ideology is blasted at the audience and the battle lines are clearly identified, so there’s no doubt about what the underlying message is “You’re either with us...or, against us” I find it intriguing how throughout this repetitive process words like “Bipartisan” are integrated into the dialogue as if it were in some way an actual component. This platform and all its participants is painstakingly orchestrated to present this emotionally polarizing noise. No one is held accountable for what their words mean in the context of any real solution, and the audience is left with a higher level of anticipation for the next edition of this theatrical display than informed about how it effects them. Then, after all of that segment of the program is finished, the media experts from various other organizations (as though to provide evidence of unbiased reporting) sit around a round table and dissect all the elements of this grand performance, just so the viewers can walk away believing they’re better informed about the issues at hand. I liken it to being told it’s raining, while someone pisses down your back.
Nothing that I write about in this story will change any time soon. It’s directly correlated to our social structure within our culture. Across the landscape of humanity around the planet, we struggle with developing a system that truly unites the members of our species. Stratified hierarchies do lift some upward, but also deny far more access to abundance. Various forms of government deal with this disparity in varying ways, but none have eliminated social conflict and turmoil. Religion has a longstanding history of promoting the type of goodwill idealized in the context of their doctrines, but still fall short of overcoming the corruption of power and its effects on the quest for abundance. What I face in understanding the dilemma at hand is the limitations for enhancing the collective outcomes of the majority of individuals. Maybe this state of “Negative Peace” evolved to pacify those looking at today as a step towards tomorrow’s better day. Underlying the hope inside those struggling to attain enough in their lives to satisfy the anxiety bubbling up from wondering if they have enough around them. Your understanding of your story is vital to moving upwards in the stratified hiarchy, but viewed as a boundary will also entrap these circumstances as permanent. We can’t do for others in improving their place, this merely seals them within the confines of how that feels. Inspiration unlocks the will of the individual to become their very own hero within the narrative of their story. Inspiration relies on connection, that comes from involvement, where being present is paramount. Allowing yourself to view others with a similar lens as you see yourself is the challenge of becoming more involved in the lives of others. “People don’t care how much you know...until, they know how much you care”