Tuesday, August 15, 2006

A Word About Language

I have been very busy these past couple of weeks -- busy at work, busy at home, busy with school. Not much time to write original material, I'm afraid. I've been shocked and saddened by what I've seen in the Middle East, and by our handling of it in the press and in diplomatic circles. My profound disappointment in mankind has sort of translated into complete paralysis, writing wise.

But today, I stumbled across this essay by George Orwell that connects the disintigration of political structure and order with the erosion of language. In one essay, Orwell manages to encapsulate everything I've been feeling and thinking for past six years.

To summarize, Orwell writes that when we can no longer communicate what we believe and desire with brevity and clarity of thought, we are doomed to fail as a political unit. Clear, concise language is the key to maintaining a strong government and a sound electorate.

It's the essay I wish I had the clarity of thought and language to write.

Enjoy and learn.

~C~

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