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Offline gregoryfl

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Language is important
« on: June 20, 2015, 08:08:37 PM »
Alexander the Great had a unique way of conquering those around him that did not involve the treating of captives as caged animals, such as was commonly done by surrounding empires, such as the Ninevites. His was a way he learned from his teacher Aristotle.

Aristotle taught, to use my own summation:

Change the language, and you conquer the people.

In other words, when Alexander invaded a foreign area, he would employ what we today call 'assimilation' (in this case, 'hellenization'). It involved getting the foreign people to adopt the language of the Greek people, which then would spread into the adopting of their culture.

While that is something that happened long ago, the principle Aristotle gave Alexander still holds true to this day, especially in the religious world. The difference however, is that rather than necessarily referring to a different language, per se (Greek, Hebrew, Latin, English, Spanish...etc), I am referring to the assimilation of a different way of defining words of a given language. It is just as effective in creating assimilation and change as the learning of the language of a people group.


Offline Lazarus Short

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Re: Language is important
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2015, 09:17:25 PM »
The Political Correctness movement has placed certain words, phrases, and thus, concepts, outside the pale of political discussion.  This pressures the same words, phrases, and concepts to exit our culture and even our religion.  Given PC rules, how can we discuss the relationship between God and a select group of Shemites/Hebrews, and His eternal promises to them, without running afoul of accusations of racism, etc?  Most folks hardly know the difference between a Hebrew, an Israelite, a Judahite, and a Jew.  This game has been going on for a long time.  Find books from the late 19th or very early 20th centuries, and you will find English usage which is more precise, more articulate, and more boldly expressed that the pablum commonly read today.  Part of the current language/cultural assimilation is simply to dumb us down, so that we will be better drawers of water and hewers of wood.
Socrates taught Plato.  Plato taught Aristotle.  Aristotle tutored the son of Philip of Macedon.  This boy grew up to become Alexander the Great, largely by slaughtering a lot of people.  That's philosophy.

Jesus spoke the Truth.  He blessed the poor.  He healed the sick.  He even raised the dead.  He died on a cross for us, lived again, and came back long enough to tell us to love one another.  That's religion.