By Jon Rappoport
Under the onslaught of political correctness, numbing education, fake mainstream news, and other covert techniques, an attack on language is taking place.
Anyone who hasn’t been living in a cave can see this.
The solution is: go the other way.
Refuse to back down. Refuse the pressure to shrink language.
Reject the attempt to shrink formal argument and logic to slogans and mottos and vague generalities. If necessary, educate your own children. Teach them English and literature and logic. Thus, make them smarter, not dumber.
Expand their capacity to use language.
Large numbers of people are heading deeper into idiocracy, but this is no reason to abandon the quest for greater intelligence. This is no reason to despair. Life is not a search for the lowest common denominator. Others may think so, but you don’t have to.
In my 12 years of formal education, the smartest thing I did was enroll in two college courses in logic. The professor was a brilliant hair-splitter. He could discern the differences between any two hairs you might offer up. As a result, his students sharpened their minds into well-made swords. The practical real-world effects weren’t immediately obvious, but as time passed, I could certainly see the benefits. For starters, I could distinguish between fake and real analysis of information. The fake brand was replete with generalities and obfuscations.
Great numbers of people buy the fake brand. So be it.
Why join the crowd?
Deciding that a whole host of words and phrases are “hate speech” makes people dumber. Makes them less, not more, tolerant. Makes them resemble machines. If they can’t understand that, so be it.
An invisible trend is developing in society. A significant number of people who have minds and know how to use them are removing themselves from the common swamp. By their capacity and merit, they are constituting a natural elite.
And by rejecting sophistry, they are rising to new heights.
They are literate, in the best sense of the word.
He doesn’t aim to fit in. He goes the other way. He bucks the trend.
All propaganda targets the group, the mass, the collective. An individual who doesn’t join up needs every possible tool, in order to stay independent.
If you don’t think so, consider current trends in illiteracy, non-logic, propaganda, political correctness—and project what the cultural landscape will look like in 20 years. It’s not a pretty picture.
Institutions of higher learning?
You are the institution.
You’re the president, the dean, the basic faculty, and the student of higher learning. You’re carrying on the tradition of Socrates and Aristotle. You’re putting up “mind vs. mob.” You’re the herald of a victory most people can’t fathom.
From the intellectual rubble of a declining civilization, you’re carrying the basics on which civilization is built. You’re not waiting for others to catch up. You’re showing the way.
The word “education” comes from Latin roots. “Ducere,” to lead, and “e” or “ex,” meaning “from” or “out of.” Education is a process of leading an inherent capacity out of the student into the light. That capacity is based on rational thought, logic, and expanded (not shrunken) language.
Education is real. It means what it has always meant.
It can be defamed, twisted, distorted, perverted, reduced, stepped on—but it endures. The desire for it never disappears.
It needs independent individuals who are teachers. Such teachers don’t shirk their mission. They find glory in it. They don’t make excuses. If one venue doesn’t work, they find another. Their passion shines.
And students will appear.