although i have suspected this myself Robert Greene confirmed it for me

in modern society words aren’t used to convey meaning but to obscure and distort meaning

truth is self-evident in complete silence

words are weapons used to attack it

i will add examples in the future …

on a completely unrelated note … ( no pun intended )

the example that reminded me of this issue is “circumcision” versus “ritual genital mutilation” … which refer to the same thing but “circumcision” is positive and “ritual genital mutilation” is negative …

but i want to make a separate post about this particular issue elsewhere …

words are basically a tool that allow us to instruct others how to feel about something while obscuring / discarding the meaning of whatever the words refer to …

A quote from Orwell, Politics and English Language

When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink. In our age there is no such thing as “keeping out of politics.” All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia. When the general atmosphere is bad, language must suffer.

1 Like

Orwell is on point there as usual.

but the problem is bigger than just politics.

when something is true we show it.

when something is a lie we talk about it.

1 Like

Since you are a philosopher…this may prove useful.