Oh how I hate it when folks just attach meanings to words; willy-nilly!
I mean, why in the hell have a freaking dictionary, if we aren’t going to honor the agreed upon definitions, and just make the shit up as we go. As a wordsmith, I truly loathe it when folks (including myself) go off half cocked, and use the wrong words to describe something. What’s worse is, I see writers, and those with so called educations doing this far to often. It must make those who come here having learned English elsewhere, crazy. I wonder is this a uniquely American thing to do? Or has the whole world been taken in by a subjective linguistic reality that bears no resemblance, to what has been determined long ago. Seriously, is there a ongoing attempt to throw a walkies-talkie into the already complicated challenge of effective communication?? No wonder we are collectively at each other’s throats. One man’s judgement is another man’s condemnation!
Let me show you what I mean, and maybe you will be convinced to share my point of view with me. I found this on Twitter. It was written by a well known author, I have never heard of. I have nothing against this gal at all, I am actually grateful for her. So this is not personal in any way. This is just me being inspired to share my opinion, because she gave me the words that serve as a perfect example, of what I am talking about. I am of the opinion that writers should work overtime at the selecting the proper words in which to convey their ideas, thoughts or prose. Otherwise, we cannot really ever get on the same page as them.
At first glance, one might think this a beautiful sentiment. But let’s look deeper.
She claims that there is a big difference between judging and discernment. But is there? Let’s have a look at the actual definitions of each word. It is rather enlightening. As you can see, discernment is a synonym for judgement. For those of you who have forgotten what a synonym is, it means these two words can be used interchangeably. They mean exactly, or nearly the exact same thing. An example of this would be: shut and close. Two different words, same meaning.
In an effort to ridicule the word judgement as coming from a place of ‘ego’, she has inadvertently chose a word that means the same thing, except you are actually better at judging, if you can use discernment! What’s more, folks don’t realize just how Christianity has crept into our everyday language, and reworked our words, to suit. Because a Christian is NEVER to judge, (only the creator of the planet can do that), they have graciously provided another way to say the same thing, resulting in something akin to linguistics on crack. Because the subtle message here is, Christians are better at judging, because you know; “God”.
Are we to really believe that the heart is a better judge than our heads? That feelings outrank logic? That logic is ego based? Because that makes zero sense to me! We have a heart, AND a head -which seems freaking intentional to me. Never mind it being a clue indicating this isn’t an either OR gig. Both are necessary to make decisions, and choices for ourselves. One should never eclipse the other. Both should be employed. Given her point of view is heavy laden with new age semantics, she doesn’t even see the root of her ideas have been determined by the Church. Something I find deliciously, ironic. But she isn’t alone. The entire cult of the “new age” does the same thing. It is just repackaged rhetoric for sale, It’s target audience is those attempting to flee the oppression, of thought restrictive religion. If you do not think they are of the same ilk, try inserting logic into a conversation held by their masses. You will be met with the same aggressive resistance that church folk used on the profane, back in the day. But I digress….MOOoooo…
If you have read my other article on the subject of judgment, you should quickly discover that people needn’t fear it. Even the Bible authors didn’t seem to understand the difference between judgment and condemnation. Or perhaps the linguistic scholars that did the translations, did not. Either way, they obviously still thought of a tornado, as God’s way of saying, ‘fuck you’ and the village you live in. Oh wait, he would never have said it like THAT! He surely would have said ‘screw you’, instead!
Listen, Beacons. Let me put this as simply as I can. We are going into the age of Light now. Light is reasonable. It is logical. It is not a jealous god born as a man, who identifies as a unicorn, and is attracted to Aliens who look like light bulbs, Ok. So, PLEASE use your heads AND follow your heart. The best path for you, can be found where the two intersect, and are in alignment.
Always consult both. Oh, and consult your dictionary once in awhile, too~