The development of language has enabled us to coordinate strategy, solve problems, and facilitate learning and civil society. But, on the other hand, language has also helped create difficulties where perhaps none existed previously. We have amassed words like weapons prepared to meet the world and prove the power of the dexterous mind, that indeed the pen is mightier than the sword. Words can be powerful, a destroyer of worlds and the often fragile psyches that inhabit them. People, though, tend to use words to placate and move beyond their interactions without understanding the power and actual value of the information they project into the world.
They use words as a mere tool to progress their agenda, without understanding the gravity of word choice and horrifically even the meaning of the words they choose. Perhaps, they’ve not opened a book or been conscious during three-quarters of their existence. They are more likely as they thrash about in their cesspool of existence, imagining themselves the apex predator, the alpha and omega of all before them, drowning in their ignorance supremely confident that they are the arbitrator of truth and intellect.
The witless among us see a tiny fraction of reality and imagine what they see is all there is and ever will be. People with functioning brain cells examine the world and know that no matter how much information they might amass, there will always be mysteries that aren’t solved and depths of knowledge not yet achieved and find themselves full of doubt. The more we learn, the more we question preconceptions we have of the world and the universe in its entirety. Thinking men and women thus lack the confidence of our stupefied brethren. We often find ourselves at the mercy of the slow-witted members of society because their faith allows them to attain positions for which they are ill-suited.
The puerile, which sadly constitutes the majority of people we will encounter in this life, are not language adept. They learn language mainly through observation and the interactions of those within their immediate circle. Since they are usually not the brightest bulbs in the socket, they limit their exposure to language forms to anything that fits within the narrow confines of what their enfeebled minds consider reality. Information that doesn’t harmonize within their established discernment of truth is ignored entirely or disregarded as a fallacy. They do grow as human beings, but not into more well-rounded individuals; instead, they grow into their biases and misconceptions. In the twilight of their existence, all of their mannerisms and idiosyncrasies aggregate not unlike the alcoholic’s increasingly tumultuous behavior after a, particularly heavy bender.
I find myself appalled at the carelessness in which people propagate words, never understanding the value of the right words and the danger of choosing the wrong words. People focus too much on mind-numbing entertainment and not enough on expanding their minds. I’m practically a walking dictionary, yet the meaning of simple words seems to escape the majority of people I have the misfortune of interacting with daily. Whether through ignorance or apathy, their failure to understand the meaning and the weight of words causes me to encounter a multitude of liars daily. I know that often I’m misunderstood, and on more than one occasion, my words have generated anger simply because the listener lacked the knowledge to understand the vocabulary used.
This ignorance has caused no end of frustration and even some anger in me. We should enjoy life, but joy isn’t truly appreciated without knowing the evil in this world. Without darkness, we could never understand the importance of light. Illumination is the key to understanding among civilized societies. If we continue to breed hordes of barely literate substrata, we will create something unsustainable, and all humanity will suffer because of that choice. We should honor learning and knowledge. We should place the highest value on educating our youth and taking pride in scholarly achievements from an early age—the ignorant breed without having means of supporting their offspring. Eventually, as we dilute society with the unremarkable, civilization will become less civil. Our living standards will decrease dramatically, and our ability to support an ever-burgeoning population will strain and eventually break. This break will lead to civil strife and countless wars and death, and it will be a future we have created.
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