Here’s a gift of insight for all things personal and political:
“The power of words over reality cannot be unlimited since, fortunately, reality imposes its own unalterable conditions. The rulers of totalitarian countries wish, of course, to be truthfully informed, but time and again they fall prey, inevitably, to their own lies and suffer unexpected defeats. Entangled in a trap of their own making, they attempt awkward compromises between their own need for truthful information and the quasiautomatic operations of a system that produces lies for everyone, including the producers.”
— Leszek Kolakowski, “Totalitarianism and the Virtue of the Lie” (1983)
Also see: “Auden Explains Poetry, Propaganda, and Reporting” and “Christianity as propaganda; Christianity versus propaganda”
Posted in Christian Humanism, language, propaganda, words
Tagged essays, Is God Happy?, language, Leszek Kolakowski, lies, personal, politics, propaganda, psychology, totalitarianism, words
“No word has the exact value of any other in the same or in another language.” — George Santayana, in The Sense of Beauty
Posted in Christian Humanism, Humanities, language, quotations, words
Tagged connotation, George Santayana, language, philosophers, quotations, words, writing
I’m going to make a vow to persevere until I make a second vow to ignore the first vow.
(These vows only signify my pre-workout mentality and my workout mentality; you have my word on it until you don’t.)
Words, words, words.