Can words have an effect on our thinking?

The ‘ruling’ party phenomenon

Whenever an incident happens, comments follow. Expert comments, pedestrian views and then there are the politicians. Their views make me wonder, are these best possible representatives for our people? Is it so hard for us to find sensible people to represent us in the parliament? Is it the power that goes to their head?

I have added an image to explain what the Deputy CM of my current state told in a speech he gave.

This comment was made on a farmer from Solapur district who has been demanding water supply for the past two months. Image - Wiki, quote -NDTV
This comment was made on a farmer from Solapur district who has been demanding water supply for the past two months.
Image – Wiki, quote -NDTV

This led me to thinking. The arrogance must come from a lot of sources, title may be one of them.

How do you call the party currently in power? The RULING party.

Title often misleads people and this title is one of them. More often than not they forget the purpose of them being chosen. They are government servants, chosen by the people and for the people. Their power is the one we granted them, and not necessarily the one they deserved.

It may seem as a really insignificant thing, but calling a spade a spade works. By calling it something like “lucky charm spade” it doesn’t really become one, but what happens is the value of the spade goes up. Slowly and steadily, every spade starts to think it is special. Then it becomes a highly valued spade while in reality it is just a normal one.

It is something that Edward Bernays used to think, that democracy is impossible. There will always be some who will be better than the other, and hence inequality. Our political leaders seem to be the examples of his psychoanalysis, proving him right on a daily basis. They think they are better, more deserving, and more important than the others.

Step one on the path of disillusionment is proper/deserving terminology. The party in power can be called as a serving party or governing party, the people not as ordinary man or ‘aam aadmi’ but as a civil citizen. By calling a person ordinary citizen, you are demeaning his or her power, because the phrase isn’t used in a positive sense. Power to the people will never happen if the world continues with its improper usage of words.

Simple and a much more ground level example would be of a tomato. A tomato is sold in a vegetable market, but it is a fruit. Unless this fact is mentioned and explained to people, it will remain a vegetable even though it’s a popular misconception. The misconception becomes the rule and hence becomes indisputable.

All of the above mentioned things about how words can manipulate the meaning and hence changing the meaning of the word itself will seem trivial. But give this a thought. Call a spade a spade, and not a golden throne.

PS – The usage of language and its impact on our thinking has been on my mind for quite a while. In a previous post I covered about how what we call ‘abuses’ are actually ostracised unnecessarily, while there are words used quite often and have awful literal meanings. The discussion that followed on Blogcatalog on this issue was very enlightening to say the least. I guess this won’t be the last post on language, cheers!

 

5 Comments


  1. // Reply

    We must never let rhetoric blind us to the reality of experience. Politicians, like everyone else, must be judged by their actions and not by their words.


  2. // Reply

    Words are the means to convey their future action and their current state of mind 🙂


  3. // Reply

    Great post, Sud! The meanings of words are easily manipulated, so examining their context become essential. If people meant what they said and said what they meant, this might not be such a problem!


  4. // Reply

    when a person occupying a public office start taking people for granted the words always matter.
    reading this reminds of what Gandhiji said
    “The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles”


  5. // Reply

    Words, words, words are cheap
    Make some promise you can keep.

    The only troubling fact is the indian population has nothing to rely on except words, so they do that.

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