By David McElroy – OnlyWay.com –
A Lingua Franca is a bridge language between cultures, a language that is a social currency often rife with an amalgamation of varying languages and concepts. You might think of “pig latin”, or “spanglish”. All too often, words are used with an intention to deceive and bring us across a bridge we would not normally cross. Think politics.
There is a story I once heard a communist teacher tell children in a socialist-inspired “Free School” that bears witness to the foundation of the evil empire we now see infesting every aspect of our life. It was a simple tale of coerced behavior couched in a deceitfully charitable offering to desperate people, a model of how words can be used as weapons of mass corruption in entertaining impressionable children.
“Some people were struggling to cross a hot, barren desert under the scorching sun, having lost their way after surviving a crash. They had run out of water and food, and some had perished along the way. They were faint and stumbling across the blistering desert sand when, lo and behold, they see a mansion surrounded by green trees and sparkling fountains!
A party of men ride out from the big house to meet them, and give them water. The exhausted thirsty people are taken to the palatial home with offers of hospitality. The master of the house invites them to a feast, after they have bathed and put on the clean clothes he provides. They are overjoyed at the refreshing opportunity.
But as they approach the magnificent feast so nicely set upon a long table, they find that all the forks, knives, and spoons, are six feet long! The hungry people ask how they can eat with such outlandish silverware, and proceed to eat with their hands. They are sternly warned they cannot eat with their hands at the master’s table, but must use the very long silverware to feed the person across the table from them. Nobody can feed them-selves with the long utensils, but everyone can feed the person opposite from them across the table. In this manner all the people enjoyed the master’s feast.”
Through language we see how the worm turns, how words are used as weapons of mass corruption. Words, and their perceived definitions, shape a person’s frame of mind. As a man who has studied the ancient scriptures, I know that many people will read the Holy Bible and understand many words in a modern parlance that is not at all what the writers of that scripture meant. The definitions had changed over the years, unknown to many. We can see a similar twisting of words in modern America. Compare definitions in the original Webster’s Dictionary of 1828 with what a current dictionary will list, or the way politicians will use language. Check the definitions of words in legal documents or court proceedings and compare those words’ meanings in plain English. Deception is intended!
Elitists who ride herd over the media, including book publishers who print dictionaries and textbooks, are gatekeepers who engineer the channels whose lines of thought we are to stay within. They deftly modify, redefine, and twist words and phrases, promoting certain concepts that are politically correct, while they occlude certain concepts forbidden to us. Certain words are cast in a strange light to hide meaning from our minds, and can change meaning from one discipline or venue to another. Others are become quite common.
Look to Humpty Dumpty in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass (1872), where he discusses semantics and pragmatics with Alice.
“I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory,’ ” Alice said.
Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. “Of course you don’t—till I tell you. I meant ‘there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!’ ”
“But ‘glory’ doesn’t mean ‘a nice knock-down argument’,” Alice objected.
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.”
Alice was too much puzzled to say anything, so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again. “They’ve a temper, some of them—particularly verbs, they’re the proudest—adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs—however, I can manage the whole lot! Impenetrability! That’s what I say!”
Who is your master? How impenetrable is the language you encounter? Do you see why the masters of many in history have preferred illiterate servants? Are you misled about the meaning of words? Is the “Truth Movement” deceived by some literary ploys?
I could use this theme to rail against how Obama’s Common Core curriculum for public schools is twisting children‘s minds in the socialist manner, or how lawyers and judges use language deceitfully to entrap people in the legal system of misdirection. But let’s focus on the simple little socialist fairy tale about the desperate people in the desert. It was a tale told to impressionable young children who were not supposed to be thinking.
The story opens with “Some people were struggling to cross a hot, barren desert under the scorching sun, having lost their way after surviving a crash.” They had endured a crash and struggled across a “scorched earth”. Why had they crashed? We are not told. All were exhausted, thirsty, hungry, and faltering. Some had perished.
Then they can scarcely believe their eyes when they see a palatial home surrounded by big green trees, gardens and sparkling fountains. Was it just a mirage?
NO! “A party of men ride out from the big house to meet them, and give them water.” Those of the “master’s house” have been looking for them, and bring them in to him. They are offered hospitality, and “They are overjoyed at the refreshing opportunity.” Do the master’s men normally look out to find people in the barren desert? Might the struggling people be wise to be wary of a stranger’s hospitality? Note that the master provides a bath and clean clothes for all of the desperate people. He is a provider.
When they come to the master’s feast, they find all the eating utensils six feet long! So the famished people start to eat with their hands, finding the silverware unusable. “They are sternly warned they cannot eat with their hands at the master’s table, but must use the very long silverware to feed the person across the table from them.” The hungry people are denied the simplest natural means, their hands. They are forced to use strange artificially imposed utensils, as the master imposes his authority most “sternly”! People will eat at his table in the manner he chooses, or go back to the “scorched earth”! They are told that it is in the best interest of all if they use the overly long utensils to feed the person across the table from them, and thereby all are fed. Nobody is permitted to feed themselves, but they can feed others using long-range means dictated by the master of the manor. Why is the master insisting on such ridiculous table manners? Why are the people denied the use of the simplest natural means of feeding themselves? Hmmmmnn…..
Could it be the master caused the crash to cause suffering people to be taken in by his offers of hospitality… and captured in a web of deceit where they must depend upon his providing the necessities of life or risk or death in the land he made barren? Does government often practice a “scorched earth” policy to guarantee submission? Are we being stripped of the “natural means” of providing for ourselves? Are we suffering a war of attrition that leaves us injured, exhausted, desperate, hungry, and faltering? Are socialist global policies denying us the use of our local resources and promoting long-range trade, where we are forbidden to help ourselves while we are forced to support those in distant places? Is it true that “In this manner all the people enjoyed the master’s feast”? Or, are we seeing poverty and enslavement assimilating the people of the world? Can you see the socialist deceit that teaches children to simply accept the master’s “hospitality”?
Who is your master? Be wary, question authority. Think for yourself. If you are looking for Truth, Justice, and Liberty, you will find it at the feet of my master, Jesus Christ. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. His yoke is light, His way just. His love is great, and he sets His people free to enjoy their own houses and gardens.