wordsofunwisodm:

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

Originally posted on wordsofhonestunwisdom:

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? I then started to wonder what if everything I knew as language was backwards. What if what we know as red was actually called green? This intrigued me.

As I reached what some would call Adulthood I noticed another thing about Language, Tone. I had long heard the phase It’s not what you say but how you say it. As an adolescent I hated the phrase. To me I delivered words of rebellion in the same way I delivered words in usual conversation. Being…

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  1. Taochild says:

    There is great power in words both when used well and when misused. I have often rambled on bout this ides on my own collection of words called a blog. But as you say, sometimes true wisdom is in knowing when not to use words at all! Great post(s)! And thought provoking book ….

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  3. Some astute observations here. Definitely worth a second read. Nice post

  4. --Rick says:

    I loved the book 1984. It’s the book that got me interested in following politics and ultimately led me to the Objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand. Thanks for the memory. This is a fun place to be. I always leave with a smile. :-)

  5. iatjanda says:

    I was here and left reflecting and motivated to read more from your posts…

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