Pardon the seeming change in direction here. I promise I'll circle back to the trip to college in a moment. But first ...
Just this morning I saw this comment on social media:
Gotta get that new dictionary everybody is using now. Words = violence and violence = peaceful protest.
The topic of how and why our language has been (is being) twisted is huge and will, I promise, become a theme here, but first...
Let me lead you (the college student) down a dangerous road for just a moment. Lets just say that as one who loves liberty, you believe in free speech.
- I want you to think about the idea that words equal violence for a moment. (By the way, the underlying argument may be unspoken at this point, but it would be something along the lines of "some people may be excluded by words, which is a form of harassment, and thus they cannot attain financial or academic success." So you've gone from abstract words to a material result.)
- Good! Now think about it in terms of all the values homesteading and homeschooling should provide. Think in terms of free thinking, reasoning, responsibility, critical thinking, problem solving, or even compassion.
- What if abstact words really can inflict material, physical damage? What then does compassion say about words you speak? Answer to yourself.
- Got an answer?
- OK, now in light of this, consider the relative values of compassion and free speech.
Notice, I have not (yet) attacked your thinking, called you a bad name or challenged your "facts." I just created a world with my "what if," then called on your compassion (a very good thing to have!) to ask you to give up a tiny bit of your freedom.
You may be smart enough to reject my "reasoning." You might
- point out the fallacy of my initial premise or
- try to argue that liberty is more important.
However, at this point you are likely just deflecting accusations (from the professor or classmates or both).
- If you dismiss the premise, then you simply lack education (or are too stupid to know and understand the argument behind it).
- If you argue for liberty, then you lack compassion or are being selfish or need to re-prioritize your values (if these folks are being nice and not employing rougher adjectives).
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