The Power of Language
Language has power.
It gives us the ability to express ourselves, to question, to inspire and to call to action. It allows us to convey meaning to one another and to share in experience.
It should come as no surprise that one of the first things an invading force does when it aims to conquer a people is to strip it of it’s language. Without language, there is no meaning, without meaning a person is stripped of his or her spirit and cast adrift, aimless and without hope.
The language you use therefore is of the utmost importance. What you tell yourself defines the way you feel and the way you feel is mirrored in your reality, in the chances you receive in life and the people you meet. For you to have even found this website tells me something about you and the language you use, be it your search terminology, self talk or so on.
In this article I’m going to look at how language is constructed, how it’s being controlled in the modern world and how to use it for maximum impact.
It’s the act of making up for earlier mistakes, right? That’s what any dictionary would have you believe. Enter it into google and you’ll get the picture above.
Is that it’s original meaning, or is that just the one we’re told to accept?
Break the word down.
Suddenly, you see the real meaning in the word before colloquial (local) interpretations were introduced.
The original meaning is quite clear.
At = With
one = universal/whole
ment = state of being
Literal meaning: to be in a state of oneness. Nothing to do with righting past wrongs, unless you consider that the “original sin” of the bible is the separation from God, in which context it makes sense. What the bible doesn’t tell you, and won’t, is that it was your choice to seperate yourself from “God” which completely invalidates the notion of original sin upon which all other sins are based, to wit, there is no sin being committed here but conscious choice.
Always look at the way a word or sentence is constructed and who wrote it. How it’s built, the word order and the choice of words doesn’t simply tell you it’s meaning, but if you look deeper, you will gain insight into the author who wrote it and their reason for writing it. Question everyone, including me. Ask yourself, why is Aleph writing this?
The simplification of Language
One of the ways you control expression is by limiting language. The less words you have to convey meaning, the more implicit a language becomes and therefore the easier it is to control. It’s no secret that the average person’s language isn’t getting more complicated but less.
You can see this principle in the way politicians and lawyers speak (they use lots of passive voice which removes any personal responsibility from the equation), the way media uses sensationalist language to turn small things into marketable scandals or deliberately repeat the same key phrases over and over again – an insidious form of brain washing – or the way authority figures insist on “us vs them” dialectics, the notion that if you’re not with them, you’re automatically against them. The limits being placed on our language are everywhere and that’s why I don’t let anyone tell me what I should say and nor should you.
Is it deliberate? Honestly, yes. People are much malleable when they are docile and the simplification of language promotes docile minds. Think Orwellian Doublespeak. It’s not a by-product of human stupidity, rather, human stupidity is a by-product of it.
Overuse of Qualifiers
You may have noticed something curious about the way I write. I rarely use qualifiers. Words like maybe, probably, likely, etc have no place in my writing. A “Little bit” is a particularly loathsome and frequently used example. I leave it up to my readers to figure out when and how often something should apply. I just speak the facts as I perceive them. If I say something blanket like “Life is simple” I trust you to figure out that that’s a contextual statement. Not every life is simple, but life in general is simple, it’s just people who complicate it.
I don’t use qualifiers because they are a form of linguistic control and water down the impact of anything I say so as to not offend people. It’s nice to not upset people, I don’t deliberately mean to, but I also don’t deliberately shield others from the realities of life or what I say.
That’s not me. I don’t want to set you at ease. I don’t want you falling asleep. I want to stimulate you. Provoke you. If you want some easy reading website that regurgitates the same nonsense as ten thousand other, similar websites, you’re in the wrong place. (placeholder link to Angels, Vibration Videos and the Love and Light Fallacy).
Stop using qualifiers. Stop overusing words like maybe or likely. It’s an insult to everyone; to me as your reader, because you don’t trust me enough to figure out what you are saying and you for having to write such nonsense and water your argument down until it’s paper thin in order to not ‘hurt my feelings’.
Speak from the Heart
Too often a person wants to say something, but their own internal feedback systems prompt them not to. These systems, honed from years spent in a culture that doesn’t care about you except as a mechanism for advancing it’s own interests, exist only to serve your ego. Your ego doesn’t want you to speak your heart, because you might say something it doesn’t want to hear. Don’t listen to it! If you’ve thought about it and it still needs to be said, whether for your benefit or someone else, say it. They may not like you for it, but at least it’s in the open. Too often people hide what they really think and feel. You can see where that’s gotten us.
When you speak, or when you write, do so with conviction and strength. Words have an energy about them (much as the colour red isn’t a colour at all, it’s an expression of a universal theme channeled through the electromagnetic/visual spectrum), they are written or verbal expressions of deeper concepts and themes. When you water down your argument, use qualifiers etc, you dilute the energy that infuses your language and make it easier for people to just nod and smile and have no reaction to it. A textbook example of this is the “like” system introduced by facebook and now copied by this site and others.
Have you had any strong reactions to anything I’ve written on this site? Good or bad? I hope so! My energy is strong and I convey it in kind.
Finally, one of the easiest ways to use language from a place of strength is to know that there is no one and nothing like you in all of existence. Similar perhaps, but that’s not the same.
You are unique.
Your expression should be just as unique.