- Alternate language
Have you ever pondered if and how our very use of language keeps us focused on the fight with enemies? For example, what do we call the dots in front of a series of items on a page? Bullet points? Have you ever noticed how soaked the English Language is with war making? Take these examples:
- ideas shot down
- attack a problem
- more ammunition for the argument
- magic bullets
- combat illness
- campaigns and crusades for issues
- aim your sights higher
- in the trenches
- doing battle with my kids
- charge into a situation
- armed with the facts
- taking flack for some decision
- fight for justice
- saying ‘shoot’ when I goof up
- drawing the battle lines
- ambush journalism
And if that were not enough we are constantly urged by advertisers to “arm ourselves against” ignorance, insurance fraud, termites ….” We declare war, endless wars on drugs, poverty, corruption, crime, cancer, rust, toilet bowl rings.
I am tired of war. I want something different and I believe the place to start is my own thinking which directly impacts my language.
I challenge you, until the next posting in a few days, to find alternative, more organic ways to say the things listed above without the aggressive, warmongering language.