Learning … Misuse of Language and Lying LIARS who LIE
In 1948, Richard Weaver told us “ideas have consequences.” A few short years earlier, Hitler said, “let me control the textbooks and I will control the State.” Huxley and Orwell warned of dystopias where education would be used as a means to total power and total control. Yes, ideas clearly do have consequences. Good ideas lead to good culture and good government, and bad ideas lead to bad culture and bad government.
… Ideas matter …
Our track record is terrible. Decade after decade, we’ve taught our next generation “it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as it works for you,” that all morality is relative, and that good and evil are merely subjective social constructs. Year after year we’ve preached that pastors and priests are stupid and that liberation theology is the only “good religion.” Day in and day out, we’ve fomented class resentment and racial animus and diminished excellence while extolling entitlement. Why are we surprised at the result?
Our leaders have lost their courage.
Our congress has lost its consciences…
Our kids have lost their character…
Our culture has lost its soul.
Yes, ideas do have consequences and the lousy ideas we have been teaching in our colleges and universities for the past several decades are bearing themselves out daily before our eyes.
From: Not a Day Care: The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth ~Dr Everett Piper
If one has “eyes that see and ears that hear” … ignorance & stupidity is flourishing ... as is greed ... and evil
The thought that evil is greedy & increasing occurred to me as I was writing:
I happened upon an old post today from 2017: by @Javier “Letter from a teacher for ignorant” https://www.bebee.com/producer/@javierbebee/carta-de-una-profesora-para-ignorantes
… which prompted me to write this post … then Socrates helped me to connect the ideas:
“The misuse of language induces evil in the soul” … WOW!!~~**
… which made me think about another post: What do your words say about you? (@me ;~)
Now to the increase of “ignorance & stupidity” and the “misuse of language”
Considering the decline in education outcomes (here in the USA) ... I often think learning was better achieved in one-room school houses.
There seems no end to the dollars that have been thrown at “education” … but that increase in spending only seems to bring diminishing returns.
The multi-million ... even billion dollar educational facilities/institutions of "higher learning" are too often mere brick & mortar … teaching & housing stupidity
By their fruit you will know them: "Stupid is as stupid does" ~ Forest Gump
“More is caught than taught” … at home … in school … in organizational structures …in relationships … in cultures
Assuredly, critical thinking ... and reason are NOT being taught or caught (well not very much or very well)
And ... common sense has become paradoxically, uncommon
“The state of Education in America is not without cause…we have taught our children to be self-absorbed…arrogant…entitled…coddled like bad eggs…
Education today is clearly in crisis. The contemporary university is no longer known for pursuing truth, but rather for celebrating tolerance, and in the name of tolerance we are told that our intolerance is intolerable. Education’s elites actually parrot this pablum, and they do so with a straight face. It is as if we are watching a dog chase its tail. It would be humorous if this self-refuting duplicity weren’t so sad.”
Quoted Dr Everett Piper ~Not a Day Care: The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth
In Javier’s post “Letter from a teacher for ignorant” … this is what caught my eye: "And now, the question: our politicians and many journalists … do they misuse the language for ideological reasons”
History reveals that "misuse of language for ideological reasons" is a repeated strategy ... which reminded me of the "repeating fractals" mentioned by @AliAnani
LIES are a commonly practiced “misuse of language for ideological reasons”
Be careful: There is usually a “little truth behind most lies … LIES are clever in that they may hold some part of truth or manipulate truth… not being able to discern truth causes one to walk toward the LIAR instead of Truth” ~Everett Piper
Liars who LIE … even to the extreme of questioning the actual
definition of words … or calling into question your ability to hear or understand
… LIARS want you to hear what … they want
you to hear (hearing & reason be gone) ~fem-v
Not take the wax out of your ears;~) … rather “wax on … wax in“ (a twist from Karate kid)
People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to.
Rarely do you hear a LIAR being called a “LIAR” … lies are softened to be more politically correct: “that’s an untruth” or “that’s not what was actually being said” or “the words were misunderstood or misinterpreted” … REALLY?
“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” attributed to Adolf Hitler
"Untruth" can be misinformation or blatant LIES
Wisdom & discernment are required.
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My curious nature makes me a “queen of questions” … but gifted with the ability to listen ;~) I'm a woman of deep faith, a blessed mother, a voracious reader, a blossoming writer, a grateful person, and a lover of beauty … I treasure family, true friendships and my loyal clients ... enjoy traveling, learning, good movies, good wine and golf. I’m a heart-to-heart communicator.
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