Published: Sunday, May 26 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Michael Gonzalez is correct. Eliminating descriptive words leads to having
"thought police".Look at the extreme measures that Obama
took to prove that he had conquered "terrorism". He had his
administration tell the world that a "movie" had incited people in other
countries to riot and to kill four Americans in Benghazi. Obama called the
terrorist attack at Fort Hood a workplace incident. Thirteen Americans were
killed in that "incident" when the terrorist shouted praises to his
god.When I was a little boy, my mother often sang a song to put me
to sleep, "No bears out tonight, daddy shot them all last night". I
made me feel safe. And I was able to sleep soundly.That's what
Michael Gonzalez has described. Because certain words are banned, we all sleep
soundly - as the dangers all around us increase.
"At its worst, political correctness becomes totalitarian, not just
dictating what words we utter or write, but even our thoughts and
actions."I hope the DN moderators read this opinion piece well.
I am so tired of having my comments labeled as off-topic when they clearly are
not. We could all learn and benefit a lot more from these boards if we were
allowed to have a more open discussion.
What irony.Deseret News does a grave disservice to subscribers by
not including a wider range of articles. I don't understand how DN owners
can claim political neutrality when a large majority of articles represent only
conservative views. (Btw, terrorism is a tactic. Extremists use
terrorism to carry out their goals).
As Orwell observed, the decay of language affects thought, This is
true. There is a tribe in Quebec of Native Americans that don't
have grouping words in their native language.They have words that
are the same as the English words: red, yellow, green, purple, but nothing for
the word color. They have the words that are the same as the English
words: sad, happy, angry, mischievous, but nothing for the word emotion. When they get to the public schools in Quebec they are unbelievably far
behind their peers and rarely seem to catch up. For example, math which is often
based on grouping ideas, seems to be elusive to them for many years. Eventually
they can get to about a 5th or 6th grade level of understanding, before they
graduate high school.
It's only words and words are all we have when we are talking. When we are
talking about education or about cars we have the same words like advance the
engine and the 'R' word that can't be used on this post.
It's only a word.
Vulgar, scatological or gratuitously insulting dialog is usually a sign of
frustration that the person cannot adequately express themselves. Making it the
norm is definitely lowering the bar for civil and accepted rhetoric. It is not a
matter of censoring.
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