Language matters because it’s how we think. Even when we don’t speak. The thoughts that form in our minds congeal around words.
Which is why it is so important to use the correct words. To define them, precisely. So as to prevent our thoughts from being controlled.
Consider, in this context, the word your “mask.” One sees – and hears – this word everywhere. It is a possessive word. It presumes you have a “mask” and implicit in that is your wearing thereof.
Else why have one?
It is important for this reason to not use that word – if you do not have a “mask” – and have no intention of wearing one, ever.
State it – and think it.
And no, I do not want a “mask,” either. Keep that thing to yourself, please. I am not a member of your cult.
Similarly, this business of the injection, also being styled as “yours.” As in, did you get your shot yet?
It presumes there is one out there with your name on it. That you’ve misplaced it, even.
No. There is a shot. Lots of them. It does not make one of them “yours” anymore than “your” taxes.
There are just taxes. Both being not only imposed on you but – far worse – suborning your complicity via etymological jujitsu without your even realizing someone just broke your leg. The fight is lost before you realize it occurred.
Authoritarian collectivists are masterful manipulators of language; numerous writers – most famously Orwell in 1984 – dissected the phenomenon, which was consciously articulated in the early 1900s by people like Edward Bernays and then acted upon by creatures like Lenin and Stalin and their heirs all over the world, including here.
The object is to make the victim complicit; to confuse his moral sense. To use his own unformed but well-intended moral conceptions against him. Hence “your” mask. Exactly of a piece with “your” taxes.
Why, everyone knows they have to pay their taxes! And thus, wear their masks and get their shots.
No. Clearly, firmly stated.
The first step to curing not just sickness psychosis but the general psychosis of collectivism is to be precise with words and to not allow others to be sloppy with them. To do so is to let others get away with defining how you think, by accepting their terms of discussion.
When they use a word, ask them to define what they mean by it before you fall into the trap of discussing what they mean by it. When you use a word, choose one that conveys the meaning you intend.
I don’t wear Face Diapers.
As opposed to, I can’t wear a “mask.”
This sort of clarity is the way to recovery.
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