It’s bad when a person cannot even be consistent in his or her lies. Maybe I majored in language because I got tired of being perceived as a disabled dummy. And maybe I wanted to ensure that if any person changed my narrative—I could at least level the adversarial playing field with some spiritual and contextual wisdom.
I believe every language has weird exceptions. We, English speakers plural words differently and have odd problems addressing gender and sexuality in written and oral communication. The funny thing about English is: The ability to side-step the context of words is woven into this language’s history.
Am I surprised we are twisting narratives around? No.
The way we deal with the rampant inconsistencies of confusing conversation is simple. We had better know our own story like we breathe air. We’d better make friends with our faults, so we’re prepared for when, like a volleyball, they are lobed at us. I’m getting my own story straight because I cannot predict when an unforgiving, spiritually dead person is gonna use it against me.
Whenever thrill-seekers attend theme parks to board roller-coasters, there is a high chance they will see a message that says: Watch your step.
That’s not just an empty clause. We can make it empty if we throw our bias toward it, but that doesn’t change what it says.
When we speak, write, and talk… the words that make our conversations multiply right alongside the probability that… these words might become vacant.
Attending to your balance is also watching how far from the ground you travel. It’s also a warning about the constancy of change. If things are changing faster than you can understand, maybe the object is to keep you confused… so that you won’t see the endgame. It pays to know as much about your steps as possible. But if there are several confusing conversations to get you away from the main event, how can you know who is fooling you, or why they are fooling you?
Sometimes rhetoric can become so overloaded with symbols and idols, that the meat of the dialogue is LOST or worse subtracted altogether.
What about conversation prompters like “national media” or “the media”. It depends heavily on who you’re asking to speak, and how far from the ground they are. The conversation around those terms informs who is talking and what their passions truly are.
People in my past confused me all the time using different conversations to draw me away from the main story… to throw my mind, will, and emotion into subservience.
When you are confused about the rhetoric, the conversation—the artistry surrounding the word and speech about any topic—there is a fear and lack of discipline that can be used against you.
As a disabled person… older and rife with many misgivings, I make it my own business to know my own story, because if I don’t other more powerful people around me will use my disability to make me feel and think like an arrogant, angry criminal.
What is the best way to stoke anger among people who are otherwise well-intentioned?
Make them feel like their story is on the verge of being re-written, like their cone of influence will die. Make them doubt the validity of their roots, so that they will be manipulated to your side.
This is why conversation, language, and more broadly RHETORIC… is still powerful. The more people that are destroyed because they don’t ask the pivotal questions, the easier it is for one person or group to reap all the rewards. We can be confused to believe we have it worse than we have it, especially if we have never been been broke… never been on the verge of having NOTHING in our bank accounts. It’s easy to ask to borrow from a bank with an immaculate credit line. And it’s easy for a rich liar to convince ill-informed people not to watch their steps.
So I encourage every one to watch his or her steps not for me, but because we’re living in a selfish time, when the overload of rhetoric has totally compromised the ability of quality conversation, when fear is transcending discernment, and idols are replacing worthy ideas. Rhetoric isn’t graceful anymore… but it’s the people’s fault.
Words are weapons when people give them license to be such. I know my story… and I’ll be ready when people grind up my words into confusing conversation.