rsutc wrote:Someone asked about this on the EPIC Social group
Words are a writer's stock in trade, our means of communicating ideas. As with all tools, their lexis and syntax are morally neutral. Not so their semantics, for language perforce reflects epistemology. Do not therefore lament a change in the form mere scribbles on parchment take; rather sorrow for the ending of polite social discourse, for it was a last vestige of morality, an ebeneezer to a time when right and wrong mattered.
With our ruling social paradigm having passed from vague but rootless leftover post-Christian decency to a hedonistic lazy-liberal decadence, tolerating everything and questioning nothing, why should we suppose moral (and therefore language) lines will be drawn anywhere? Purporting to "tolerate" all values as equal is a euphemism for saying there is no such thing. Western moral ideas, social mores and law were once grounded in God's word, but today have no foundation other than amorphous, drifting consensus, and are therefore merely arbitrary rather than absolute. The problem with arbitrary standards is that the strongest arbiter (or most successful demagogue) eventually dictates and enforces the rules--often as a new tyranny, in which freedom of speech vanishes.
If this accurately describes who and where we are, our civilization has already perished, and we, insensate to its passing until belatedly awakening to the verbal immodesty of a zombie, can be little but pallbearers. We will yet reap a whirlwind from such a death--not because language changed, but because it always reveals our true nature.
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