Saturday, February 25, 2006

We are taught to be puppets

Language is the armory of the human mind; and at once contains the trophies
of its past, and the weapons of its future conquests.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet, critic, and philosopher (1772-1834)

Language is both a defensive and an offensive weapon in the possession of someone who knows how to use it.

It can get someone into something they desire to be a part of and out of something they wish to avoid.

Language can ease the pain of being dismissed from a job, help to manage the transition from married to "formerly married", or it can crush the spirit of someone who fails to provide quite the level of service an insensitive customer requires. Language is a doubled-edged sword.

And yet, we do not teach the use of language as a tool for accomplishing things. We teach young people how to write quickly forgotten college papers, how to kill an enemy in war, how to succeed in business by putting career ahead of family and how to reduce whatever disposable income one may have by buying objects or personal items that are entirely unnecessary.

In other words, we teach people how to be manipulated as objects, but not how to think for themselves, defend themselves with words and achieve what they desire through peaceful means.

This won't change unless TIA supporters do something about it.

If you are happy with the world as you see it today, then you have no reason to want it to change. If you can see room for imporvement, then take the only route that is possible to make change. Help us to turn it around.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to show you that change is possible, but only through one way.
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