Archive for August 7th, 2011

Making Unreal Distinctions is a Block to Understanding

I remember in grad school pointing out to my professors that the Communist religion rejecting genetics and trying to turn summer wheat into winter wheat by planting summer wheat in winter to “teach” it to be winter wheat was the same as the Medieval Church’s attitude toward Galileo.

The professor would furrow his brow and say that it was a “parallel.”

No, it is emphatically NOT a parallel. It is the SAME.

Have you ever played the game where one person at the end of the line whispers a tale to the one beside him in different words, and then the second person whispers it in different words. By the end of a short line there is no relationship to what was said originally.

They used to have “translation machines” on line. They took the words you wrote in English and then translated those words, word by word, into, say German. Then you could take the rather odd statement that you got in German, machine-translate that into French, and then machine translate THAT direct robotic translation into English.

The result had little or no relationship to the original English, so you can imagine what happened when you tried it from English to Japanese to Chinese to English!

I make a huge point that, ” Political Correctness is not LIKE a religion, it IS a religion.” Most people simply think I am making a good sounding propaganda point. But if you understand how the human mind works with language, you will see the point is critical.

If I am writing to you I will refer to the Peace Loving Democratic Republic. The way I use that phrase would require a LOT of explanation to anyone else. I am conveying to you that everything about these murderous, warmongering tyrannies is not only evil, its own language is always the most extreme sort of lie.

You understand without a break in your reading, but if you do NOT understand that it will trip the whole point up. If you are trying to understand the “parallel between the Very Modern Ideals of Marxism rather than simply leaving it in the same category with Torquemada, you and I have a huge difficulty communicating.

I use terms to tell where I am coming from, like Peace Loving Democratic Republic, or Marxist theology, but it’s in the middle of a logical process saying something new about them. But in order to get my point, you have to already have some background, we have to use the same language, not only in the sense of English, but in the sense that we understand the basics.

And one of the hardest basics for me to get across is that the same thing is not a parallel, it is the same thing. You cannot realize how screwed up Mommy Professor is until you get it right into the parietal lobe that there is absolutely no difference between his Marxist drivel and the drivel of an ILLIERATE religious fanatic.