An Obscure Death

I may soon lose my power of expression. The very thing that I work hard to improve through my blog(s).

A few words I know are becoming extinct – getting closer to where some of their comrades lie in peace. But it is not words I fear for. Expression itself is under threat. We are dealing with our over-sensitiveness in an otherwise desensitised world, dealing with the need to be politically correct in an otherwise wrong world. Words aren’t, in that sense, dying a natural death. They are rotting through misuse. “Acceptable words” are in a ruling minority – the clan of the hypernyms. We don’t need a whole lot of words because we are willing to understand a whole less than we did before.

We are creating shortcuts and templatised responses for most expressions – if something falls outside this predefined set, then it’s easier to say that we don’t understand or, better still, take offence. Few are able to say what they mean; fewer know the meaning of what they say.

In a world that is freer than it was a few hundred years ago, we are now enslaved by the fear of exercising that very freedom. The web and the Internet have progressed to the next version – this is Expression 2.0.

The rules of expression are changing, even if they didn’t exist in the first place.

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7 thoughts on “An Obscure Death

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  2. “We don’t need a whole lot of words because we are willing to understand a whole less than we did before.”

    This is a real tragedy. Maybe it doesn’t apply to everybody. But it does to the majority. And unfortunately, language is a slave of the majority.

    “Few are able to say what they mean; fewer know the meaning of what they say.”

    Profound!

    “In a world that is freer than it was a few hundred years ago, we are now enslaved by the fear of exercising that very freedom.”

    Perhaps, we have failed to understand the value of freedom now that we have it. Maybe if we are enslaved again the way we were a few hundred years ago, we’d begin to appreciate freedom and its implications in our everyday life.

    3 profound statements in one post! 🙂 How about a post on fear and freedom?

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  3. ==Explorer:
    Thank you! A post about Fear and Freedom reminds me of Erich Fromm – one of his early books was “The Fear of Freedom” I think I will put up a post…
    🙂
    Value of freedom – is a very Richard Bach-esque concept – are we free to do whatever we want?

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  4. Looking forward to it!

    Are we free to do whatever we want? – requires a great deal of contemplation to answer that.

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