Word police

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There is a troubling trend in the world that should be troubling all of us. It’s the changing of language and words in order to fit a certain narrative or philosophy. I may sound like “Chicken Little” in the blog post, but I don’t believe I’m wrong. In George Orwell’s novel, “1984”, written in 1949, he writes of a totalitarian society called Oceana. In order to meet the requirements of this socialistic society, the Party created Newspeak.  Let me describe Newspeak. It is a party-controlled language of simple grammar and limited vocabulary, which, according to “The Moellerlit Newspeak dictionary, ” is designed to limit a person’s ability to think for themselves. There are many examples. Here are a few:

“Unperson”—An unperson is a person who has been “eliminated”; not only has the state killed them, but they have been effectively erased from existence. Such a person would be written out of existing books, photographs, buildings, statues, and articles so that no trace of their existence could be found in the historical record.

“Blackwhite” – In “1984”, Orwell defines this as follows:…this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary.

Why do I bring any of this up? Because my observation is that “Newspeak” is happening in our world and culture at an alarming rate. If someone, even a significant someone, challenges you or your belief system, you can become an “unperson,” erased from their life. If historical figures held to different values or norms than you and I do today, their historical record is erased or redefined. Don’t get me wrong, some held contrary beliefs and did evil or questionable things, but as I see it, history is still history and cannot/must not be erased.

Today, there are fringe individuals who see black as white and white as black, regardless of the facts. I believe it’s time to stand up to the word bullies. I’m a person because God defines me as one, created in His image. I can never be an “unperson.”  Genesis 1:26 reminds me of this truth:  Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness,…

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