George Orwell Politics and the English Language Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization is decadent and our language — so the argument runs — must inevitably share in the general collapse. It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism, like preferring candles to electric light or hansom cabs to aeroplanes. Underneath this lies the half-conscious belief that language is a natural growth and not an instrument which we shape for our own purposes.
Elsewhere should never be the primary source of facts, discussion, advice and grounding when we have the opportunity to talk about important matters at home.
But never more than now. And we want you to teach your children how important it is to replace bias, rumor, prejudice, and misinformation with a thoughtful look at what makes politics tick. The greatest enemy of freedom is a people unprepared to engage in intelligent debate and thoughtful decision-making.
Here are 10 things we all need to think about when it comes to engaging in and understanding politics.
Freedom relies on widespread participation in the political process. Not voting and not thinking about politics is a decision to not value liberty. We need to teach our children the U. They need to be familiar with the contents and understand how it was written and why it gets amended.
An open mind is not a political affiliation. Party affiliation does not determine receptivity to new ideas.
Openness to growth and learning is more of a spiritual condition. A closed mind can repel wisdom irrespective of our politics. Our political preference is not a religion.
Politics does not provide spiritual nurture nor does our leaning necessarily say anything about our standing with God. The writer of the Declaration of Independence acknowledged that The Creator endowed us with fundamental rights, not the government, and certainly not one political party.
Free speech should not have a higher value than courtesy. It is important that our children understand the necessity of courtesy in political discourse. It is possible to disagree with respect, to be wrong with integrity, and to be right with humility. This is where parental modeling is of the essence.
America was born out of passionate disagreements, has been sustained by heartfelt debate, and will remain strong because of—not in spite of—sometimes overly enthusiastic differences of opinion. Children must learn to think for themselves. Teach your kids to listen to both sides of a debate and to pay attention to people they think they will disagree with.
We must learn how to cultivate multiple sources when gathering information. The truth can handle good questions. Good questions reveal truth… or the lie.Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it.
You can now drive the Pacific Coast Highway from Mexico to Oregon and never once go through a red Congressional district.
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