March 27, 2017
Recently, I was a guest on a radio show. At one point, I cited a mainstream journal review I have mentioned many times—the famous 2000 Journal of the American Medical Association revelation by Dr. Barbara Starfield, which concluded that the US medical system kills 225,000 people a year in the US.
The interviewer asked whether mentioning this could dangerously convince people not to go to a doctor, when they should see a doctor.
I hadn’t heard that gem in a long time.
—Maybe you shouldn’t talk about this, because it could give people the wrong idea—
I said people could get the wrong idea from many statements.
Getting the wrong idea is a chronic condition. It pops up all the time.
If you refrained from saying something because people might get the wrong idea, you could decide to say nothing. Ever.
There is no limit to what you could say that someone might interpret in his own peculiar way.
Further, what happened to the idea that you should speak the truth?
I guess that’s out. Too dangerous.
Of course, in my radio interview, the host was just playing the devil’s advocate. He was presenting “the other side.” For “balance.” He knew what he was doing. Actually, I’m glad he made his point. It gave me a chance to talk about people “getting the wrong idea.”
These days, there is a wider problem. We didn’t get to it on the radio show. People complain that something you say triggers them. Boom. Their problem becomes your problem.
You uttered the word “girl.” And that initiated their cascade of reaction. Therefore, you committed a sin.
It’s a form of psychological warfare. You shouldn’t say X because X might trigger somebody. Welcome to the victim culture. Idiot’s delight.
Here’s another angle. Since the education system doesn’t teach anyone how to think logically, you shouldn’t speak or write logically. If you did, you would be confusing and/or offending untold numbers of people. You must cater to them. If you use logic, you’re an elitist.
And how about this? ELIMINATE TEACHING GRAMMAR BECAUSE GRAMMAR IS RACIST. That’s right.
Daily Caller (2/20/17): “An ‘antiracist’ poster in a college writing center insists American grammar is ‘racist’ and an ‘unjust language structure,’ [and the writing center is] promising to prioritize rhetoric over ‘grammatical correctness’.”
“The poster, written by the director, staff, and tutors of the University of Washington, Tacoma’s Writing Center, states ‘racism is the normal condition of things,’ declaring that it permeates rules, systems, expectations, in courses, school and society.”
“’We promise to emphasize the importance of rhetorical situations [?!] over grammatical “correctness” in the production of texts,’ announces the poster. ‘We promise to challenge conventional word choices and writing explanations’.”
Maybe someone can explain why the author of that college proclamation used English grammar to defame English grammar.
Why didn’t the author write, “Use grammar bad because why tradition and nobody should.” Much better.
Stop all grammar. It could give people the wrong idea. It could make them think their own ignorance of the subject reveals “a lack of education.” They could fall into a funk and think something is wrong with them. They could be triggered.
Here’s a proposal for a university study: seek out and find the one person on the planet who has the very lowest understanding of logic and grammar, who can’t read a word, who is triggered by the greatest number of utterances. Find that person, and then recommend everyone on the planet adjust their utterances to please that one person…
So that person won’t get the wrong idea.
Then society will improve.
Then we will reach new heights of share and care.
Then we will be humane.
Then we will bow down to that one person.
She/he will become the standard.
She/he will lead us.
She/he will teach us all, in the fullness of time.
When that person dies, we can preserve his/her brain and keep it ticking, as a reference for future generations:
Utter nothing that might give that brain the wrong idea.
Utter nothing that might make that brain think it is inferior or lacking in any way.
Rather, encourage that brain. Pump it full of messages that confirm its god-like status. Award it trophies. Feed it photos and video showing sprawling centers built in its name.
Then we can feel secure. Then we can feel safe.
No one will get the wrong idea.
About the Author:
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.