Control Over Language

Forces modify language constantly, perhaps tracking the declining educational proficiency which also moves within a culture. The false but prevailing notion that “new is improved” can be evidenced by reading books written one hundred or even one thousand years ago. This is irrefutable as to language, but whether it is a demonstration of the second law of thermodynamics, i.e. that upon transformation order dissipates into disorder, remains an issue of faith.

However, imagine that you met your ancestors from ten generations before, what would the conversation be like? Is it any wonder that heaven includes new bodies and new memories – new language? Again, imagine that we take a leap in our language skills, such that we are all fully proficient in the language, with skill in every meaning and usage of each word. For example, I could say, “the hobby articulated the organization of environs,” and you would know that I’m saying a particular species of ancient bird was moving among the branches of a tree. This is my idea, but that does not mean that I was the first to have it or uniquely. In Star Trek the TV show, Spock and later, Data, we’re distinguished as non-human by their use and application of language, e.g. they had no human emotions and used language devoid of it. While this is only a literary device, it illustrates the idea that our usage of words has great influence. Another example is the former Secretary of Defense, Alexander Haig, who was attributed the title “Haig Speak”, for his word usage. I considered this the highest praise, though it was not meant to be so. He said, “Israel is the largest American aircraft carrier in the world that cannot be sunk, does not carry even one American soldier, and is located in a critical region for American national security.” Also he said, “That’s not a lie, it’s a terminological inexactitude.” Subsequent Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfield, was popular for his expression, “There are things we don’t know we don’t know.” Words have meaning and meaning is often conveyed through words.

There are self-evident truths, as the U.S . Declaration of Independence states; all men are created equal; they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. This statement was so full of meaning that it changed human history as never before or since. The American ideal stands opposed and victorious against fascist, socialist, communist, and totalitarian regimes. Language has carried the message of liberty to the world and it is the restriction and control of free speech that have stifled this same message. Is it possible with our current educational status to convey these self-evident truths to the emerging generations or the world?

Whether mankind is advancing is a matter of one’s world view, nevertheless, specific advancements do exist, such as, medicine, literacy, communication, and travel.  With more people able to read, write, and speak well, has our ability to understand truth and reject lies increased? Yes, more people than ever can read the Bible for themselves and hear it’s message of God’s love through Yeshua Messiah, (Hebrew for Jesus Christ). At the same time greater evils and lies are spread more rapidly and to a wider audience. Has language peaked then flattened out into a lesser, but more widely accepted, slang littered device of code, rather than the poet’s verse, the artist’s song or the scientist’s record – only time will tell. The inventions and advancements in communication have been made largely to better distribute the Bible and it’s message to the world, even if you disagree as to that purpose, the effect is hard to deny. Consequently, Yeshua said, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matt. 24: 14).