The Language Of Life
How does language fit into this goal? There’s both good news and bad; first the bad:
For concepts that are intrinsic to a thriving human, language only limits, it never expands our useful understanding. And, we have allowed the language we use to communicate vital information about life to slip into the wrong hands by sheer neglect.
If not used wisely, language gives humans the opportunity to corrupt otherwise pure and sophisticated concepts by a combination of factors including expediency, compartmentalizing (more on this later), and outright deceit for the purposes of achieving selfish goals. And humans mostly do not approach language wisely. We have become overly reliant on language for our understanding of complex subjects, to the point of trusting no other form of information. That is a shame, because it only limits our understanding rather than enhances it.
Unless we are all willing to admit when we don’t know what some words mean and to make it a point to find out, it is certain that people with a mind to profit will hijack those words for their own purposes. Some of the words used to describe our role in creating a high quality of life have great weight and authority, and it is only by having a clear understanding of what gave those words authority in the first place that we can protect ourselves from being manipulated in that way.
The quality of all of our lives is being compromised everyday not just by remaining passive, but also by being actively involved in the wrong things. We are often led down the wrong path by being unable to discern the good from the not-so because we have nothing upon which to judge its legitimacy. Among the more popular tools opportunists use to profit from your desire for a better life is to convince you that living well is too complicated for you to understand, therefore you need to trust them to tell you what is healthy and what isn’t. I am committed to teaching you why this is not so.
Now, the good news about language:
It is never a requirement that the words we use to convey quality of life concepts be complicated; they should in fact be easily understood and implemented by the average 10-year-old. Nothing about humans has changed since the days before there were doctors and scientists, except that we have learned how to complicate and manipulate concepts through language for profit. How can you tell the difference?
One of the goals of this work is designed to put you back in control of the language that is currently used to deceive many into spending money on products and concepts that at best do nothing, and at worse send them down a very life-compromising path. We’ll accomplish that by arming you with the test for the words most commonly used to deceive. Compare the meaning of the words being offered to you with these solid tests for efficacy before you accept any claims of benefit to your life.
The words below are a common source of misuse for the sake of an agenda which may or may not be yours:
- Care / Caring
- Science / Scientific
- Study (as in, “scientific study”)
- Smart / Wise
- Health / Healthy
- Well / Wellness
- Disabled / Disability
- Ill / Illness
- Vital / Vitality
- Works (as in, “it works”)
The average modern-day human has very little idea (if any) what any of these words actually mean. If that’s you, never fear… we’re going to explore each and every one of them and make sure that you are armed with the most constructive and the most practical meaning of the language, and only the language that will contribute to any discussion of the qualities that will benefit you the most.
What you’ll discover along the way is that many of these words are made-up for marketing purposes and add no real value to any discussion about the major components that contribute to the discussion. Getting rid of as many of these words as possible will be great news for your search. Remember, words only limit, they don’t expand. For one thing, the use of words that you’ve eliminated from your vocabulary will be a clue as to the intent of the speaker.
Those that remain will be stronger and more expressive of real value, and you’ll be armed with an highly accurate meaning for each. In many cases I am deferring to historical usage and meaning. In others, I am compelled to create the definitions myself simply because there have never been any workable meaning for these words, or the original meanings have become corrupted through misuse.
It will help when the entire world—or at least the part of it that speaks the same language as you—adopts these meanings, but that failure won’t keep you from benefitting your own personal awareness. Having a standard by which to judge the meaning of certain terms makes you instantly fool-proof in the face of life-affirming claims. No one should or can be forced to accept definitions for these words, and in fact I challenge you to improve on them. All I ask is that, if you do, please share with this community. Our only goal here is to arm each and every individual with the tools to simply and accurately assess the veracity of any and all claims of benefit that may or may not be true.
Herein we set out to finally provide an accurate and accessible standard for the highest possible quality of human life in language. A standard which is obvious and axiomatic—containing only self-evident truths.
As before, you can never assume that others mean the same thing as you when these words are employed, but at least you will no longer be unaware of that.