I don’t know, maybe I’m getting old school. In the time I grew up, I learned that “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words never will hurt me.”
Back then we were taught to be tough, to ignore idiot adults and stupid children’s taunts. As a kid it is tough to shun the attack of verbal abuse. In today’s world, it seems that it is still difficult to ignore hurtful words that come our way.
But, I still believe after many years of reflection that words only have power over us if we allow them to have power. As adults we can control our impulses to respond to “stupid, dumb-ass” or worse.
But there are times when words do matter.
While reading a thought-thread that started with Neal Bortz discussing an Obama official citing Karl Marx (the communist), I was reading the comment section of the Rick Bookstaber post, the Obama official citing Karl Marx that Bortz was referring to. In the comment section of Bookstaber’s blog post, a commenter named Abe was able to communicate when words matter.
“Marx was a notable, even preeminent, social philosopher of that time.”
So you believe that’s a good enough reason to constantly quote him, not only in this, but other posts as well?
Everyone knows who Marx was. Nobody claims he was not a notable social philosopher. It’s the terrible impact of Marxs’ philosophy, the millions slaughtered thanks to his ideas, which offends people terribly, and therefore garners so much negativity when you quote him.
So you see, the fact that he was indeed such a prominent philosopher, is what caused humanity so much hurt. If he’d be an insignificant individual with no one paying attention to his philosophy, maybe, just maybe the world would be spared of communist mass murderers the likes of Stalin, Mao, Castro, Che, Pol Pot etc. most of whom are revered and quoted amongst Leftist Academics and main-stream Liberals such as yourself.
Is this really beyond your comprehension? Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if that is the case. White House communications director Anita Dunn famously quoted Mao as one of her “favorite political philosophers.” Yet When Glenn beck criticized her, the leftists came running with their MSM pitchforks and condemned him profusely. Why? Because Ms. Dunn didn’t specifically praise Mao’s atrocities! That’s a mind-boggling feat of ethical line-drawing! The level of your intellectual dishonesty is simply stunning! Yet you don’t see the error of her, or your ways.
Let me put it to you in simpler terms: You can’t separate the man’s political philosophy from the actions that flowed from it. It’s the same as saying you look to Mein Kampf as a masterpiece of political philosophy but don’t support Hitler’s actions.
I rest my case.
You see, words are ideas. Ideas become powerful when men take them to heart and then take action.
“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”
– Luke 6:45