Last night I went to a small gathering of about 200, where upon an intellectually charismatic speaker addressed the throng. His point and the context of his dissertation is irrelevant to my purpose, but his prose and grandiloquence is germane. What do I intimate? Simply this.
Where has our understanding gone? How does the proletariat get swayed so easily? What makes current leaders so unctuously persuasive? And I’m not just talking about Obama, I’m talking about many of the world’s leaders: Achmadenajad, Chavez, Putin, et al.
I followed the speaker closely and the language he used was sometimes arcane. The more I listened the more I wondered if those in attendance truly understood his view. Words like vis-à-vis were used. Not in the context of face to face, but, “in relation to”. E.g. “Our leaders, vis-à-vis human rights…. Vestige, visceral and tour de force were amongst many.
What is my point? Only this. Does the distinguished statesman, the affluent, or those with agendas want the masses to understand and grade them on their merit, or merely pontificate? I think the latter. Do they wish to impress and mesmerize with prose? Absolutely. I fear many fall prey to just that.
Our leaders speak esoterically, inscrutably, and their words belie their actions. Witness healthcare reform. Is it actually reform? Witness green energy and global warming, arcane subjects to say the least. Is it real? How does one find out for themselves? Unfortunately, the plebeians and vassals of society are not educated enough to understand, thus, they fall helplessly upon empty words. For that reason demagoguery springs forth and most follow the charismatic leader. The one who can deliver dynamism.
Last night after the event I spoke privately to many and upon further discourse I found most had a view different than I. Then I used the language of the speaker and discovered the fascination and mesmerization of the goers became rife once again. They had no idea what I was talking about and these commoners were no different than I. The only significant distinction is I’ve taken it upon myself to get educated in the art of language. I want to be able to understand what those of aristocracy, those of power and influence have to say. And now I realize and understand what they use to control and what they have used for centuries to influence the masses ¾ rhetoric, sonorousness and demagoguery.
Don’t fall prey to the bankers, governmental pundits, nomenclature aficionados and the like. Educate yourselves. Understand what one says before you follow, or worse, join sides. Education is priceless, the most valuable gift one can give.