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Originally posted by orangetom1999
I have enjoyed the privilege over the years to frequent flea markets and book stores to purchase books which are about a hundred years old. What one learns when digesting this type of literature is that those of this time period who could read were very well versed in the English language. They obviously enjoyed a considerable vocabulary. Much more than is done today.
This command of the English language cannot be obtained without work and effort. Common sense tells us that this is a truism.
Our language skills today have been deliberately downplayed to where we are at the level of the pulps or newspapers. Mostly four letter words.
This leaves much of our population at a base or emotional level in a attempt to describe something from one person to another. Our language abilities no longer suffice to describe something even within our own experiences outside of a emotional description or emotional jag.
Language is a discipline. Remove the discipline and you have wildlife. Not disciplined individuals.
If you look closely, If you peel back the veneer of what passes for news it is often presented in a format designed to put people on a emotional string. It is not intended to report the news per se but to put people on a string. Even the language is often at the lowest common denominator.
People who lack much in the language arena can be more easily controlled particularly by appealing to their emotions. They are more easily lead or mislead. Particulary by the body politic. And remember this important facet...who pays for most of public education...the body politic. They, not the public, get that product for which is being paid. The product the body politic wants not the public.
People who do not have discipline in language are limited in their ability to digest complex multidimensional ideas and concepts. This means they tend to be more controllable or malleable especially if you are able to control the information fed to them. This also breeds a predictable, controllable, malleable, guaranteed voting block for the election process. A public who can be counted on to support more body politics…not less. This system also breeds a populace who tend in their emotional non-development to describe themselves by what they consume…good consumers...rather than individual responsible thinkers.
This system does not tend to breed self sufficient, individual, disciplined, thinking persons but rather persons dependent on the system to make decisions for them. For the system to take responsibility for them.
Hope this helps,