If Mind and Divine speech are used as meant, you will not differ from the immortals in any way.

Khemetic Saying

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We seldom think about words.  Rather we take them for granted.  But in any given age words convey ideas that have found a home in that age and its culture. It is not the case, mind you, that the ideas that words convey are wise or beneficial.  They could be destructive, alienating, self-serving – wrong.

I am often struck at how news readers and others in the media spew out words without nary a second of reflection as to what concepts are supported by these words.

Who among us has not heard “equality” mentioned without any suggestion by the speaker that such a word commands definition, greater understanding? Same as to “marriage,” “fair,” “justice” and an almost endless number of cornerstone words whose concept is always ignored, unprobed, taken-for-granted.

Our public narrators (such as they are) speak like parrots, little more.

Perhaps one can convey the significance of words and the need to understand and maintain a discreet appreciation for what concepts are, and are not, conveyed by words commonly used in the culture.  To do this one might think simply of Marx, Freud and Nietzsche – for their thoughts have found place to great effect in Western culture and our daily discourse.

Each was anti-religion.  This, to begin, is a critical point of reference.

Want to understand how a culture can be overtly hostile to faith?  Keep Marx, Freud and Nietzsche in mind and listen to public conversation with a trained ear and hearty skepticism.

To Marx, economics was the central dynamic in human relations.  To Freud, it was sex.  To Nietzsche, it was power.

Economics, sex and power.  Are we governed by these to the exclusion of all other things?

Each man would argue in favor of his particular dynamic and neither one of them had much to say about the interaction of the three dynamics together.  Yet, their point of reference sits in secular culture as prominent points of reference, commanding central concerns, albeit each one offering an utterly a narrow lens.

Each gives rise to a secular ideology and the conflict that narrow, exclusive views always produce.

Marx pits workers against owners, labor against capital.  Freud leads to man vs. woman, “gay” against “straight.” Nietzsche brings the “powerless” against those perceived to the “powerful.”  And the words to suggest these divisions and antagonisms tumble out in common discourse without critical examination or even remote appreciation or assessment for what they convey.

It is hard in exclusionary secular culture to not conclude that most of what is said in common discourse is babble. Yes – nonsense, damaging gibberish aimed at influencing, rallying the uninformed.

… it was called Babel, because the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

Gen 11:9

Babel, still?

Shalom.

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