“Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.”
–Proverbs 10:19 NIV
If you do philosophy long enough, you begin to understand the necessity of clearly defining what words mean. The language has been molested by people with the intention of gaining ground to promote specific agendas and in twisting the language used to communicate the ideas and concepts we need to operate they have taken the long understood meaning and twisted them to mean something entirely different, which has led to the situation where two people can be speaking the same words but using them in completely opposite senses which leads to confusion and division.
Words like “hate” and “tolerance” have been twisted and become the favorite Billy club to use against people who have differing opinions, especially by those who enjoy dabbling in darker habits. Whoever thought up the above mentioned proverb, seemed to have a definite understanding of how language can be used and abused as cover, concealment, and deliberate distraction from the issue.
Those who use words as weapons, abusing those who simply disagree with them, they aren’t embodying the meanings and the ideas of what they want to promote, rather they are deliberately avoiding the issues. It doesn’t change facts about what is going on. Maybe we’ll pursue this over the next few posts, because it is a lot to think about.