The older I get the more I have noticed that Language is in many ways a hinderance to humanity. I remember being a kid and saying a word over and over until it didn't even sound like a real word. This exercise made me question Who decides words? Who said that one is one not two? Who said up was up an not down?
Watch Your Language!Posted: May 5, 2012 in Books, open, philosophy, Quotes, writing
Tags: Big Brother, Books, contemplation, Dystopia, George Orwell, human beings, inspired, Language, Newspeak, Nineteen Eighty-Four, open, Philosophy, Reading, think about it, Thought, unwisdom
I recently began reading 1984 by George Orwell and was struck by this line "It's a beautiful thing , the destruction of words." For those of you who are not familiar with the novel it is about a Dystopian society in which the entire population is under surveillance 24/7 and the language is continually broken down to the bare minimum needed to communicate (newspeak). By destroying words the government (Big Brother) is able to control how people think, understand and interact with each other. After reading that line I instantly remembered writing this blog (watch your language) and I was slightly shocked at myself! There IS a reason we have synonyms they are not useless (what was I thinking?!). I think sometimes I am frustrated with people using words improperly and in inappropriate ways which can lead to miscommunication. I still however do believe that silence is a virtue, and that when we are truly silent we can hear what is most important! Peace and Love Lindsay