Skip to comments.While my VP gently weeps...
Posted on 07/23/2012 5:24:46 PM PDT by Positive
How dramatic, I can just see Biden in Blair House sobbing, blubbering, tears draining as he laments the victims and their loved ones.
I can see him feeling badly about this, but really, do we need the drama queen presentation.
I think it was Steven Stills who sang "Say what you mean, mean what you say...
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We live in an age of cultivated uncertainty in many aspects of our culture. Many seem almost proud of the fact that they are uncertain of things for this makes them seem to themselves (an they hope to others) to be open-minded and tolerant. Tolerance of course is one of the only virtues left in many peoples world. To say that there is a truth and that you can come to know it articulate it seems arrogant to many. How dare a person really claim to know things better than anyone else. It is better to be a seeker. It is better to live the question rather than pretend that you have an answer or that there really are any answers. These are the virtues of relativism.
A lot of this relativism has seeped even into the way we talk. Consider a few examples:
1. There is an annoying expression that often occurs between people who see things differently. It comes up a lot in interviews on television and radio. The reporter or interviewer will often say, Are you suggesting that ..? For example in a recent interview on the radio I heard a talk show host ask a bishop, Are suggesting that politicians who vote to fund abortion are not loyal Catholics? The irritable part of me wants to answer for the Bishop, I am not only suggesting it I am plainly saying it. The dynamic of using the word suggest implies that the Bishop cannot really speak the truth or know it, he can only suggest it. The reporter seems to live in world where nothing is certain, (except that nothing is certain) and thus the Bishop can only suggest. This type of interaction seems to occur more in regular conversations at meetings and other interactions as well. It bespeaks an attitude of cultivated uncertainty.
2.Another annoying little word that has crept into the vocabulary of many, especially younger people, is the word like. As in: Its like, yknow annoying? Or when asked an ordinary question such as Why didnt you do your homework? The answer may come back, Well, yknow its like, I was busy? At one level the over use of the word like is just an annoying and unconcious habit. But it also seems to flow from the climate of cultivated uncertainty. Instead of something being what it actually is, it is like something. So instead of the student simply declaring, I was busy and neglected to do my homework, for which I take responsibility they say rather, It was, like, I was busy. But what does like being busy amount to and how does it differ from actually being busy? This habit of using like comes from a culture which says Dont actually say what you mean, be vague and uncertain. After all nothing is really all that clear. Nothing really is what it is, its just like something else. Using like also helps a person evade direct responsibility for what they actually do.
3.A third example is already on display in number 2 above. It is the tendency to end declarative sentences with an interrogative tone. As in: Its like, yknow annoying? Here too the habit seems to emerge from a culture that doesnt want to simply say something plain because that means that we actually think that something is so. Thus, instead of saying Your habit of ending statements as questions is annoying and makes you seem vapid and uncertain many simply suggest it: Its like, yknow annoying? Almost as if to say, Its not that I could say it actually IS annoying, that would be arrogant. Rather I just want to suggest that something might be so.
Thanks, my brain is old and the memory software is out of date. Maybe I should search before I post.