Are we All so fast Asleep?
I challenge all of you to watch the linked video in it’s entirety, all of it.
Words fail me of course as I am sure they do you.
This is the malaise that I have been given the healing potion for. But I cannot just spew it out, alone. Look back at every radical change-maker in history and know that their best work never saw light of day.
Take some time if it matters to you and read this and dive in the links…
The cynicism is understandable, but there is enough due-diligence material for anyone called enough to listen.
Some wisdom from Confucius, via his Rectification of Names. Thank you Spectator via comments. Amazing in-sight. And this was 2,500 years ago.
Very pertinent by the way. Very pertinent. Language, Symbol, Logo, Word.
Rectification of names
Confucius believed that social disorder often stemmed from failure to perceive, understand, and deal with reality. Fundamentally, then, social disorder can stem from the failure to call things by their proper names, and his solution to this was the rectification of names. He gave an explanation to one of his disciples:
A superior man, in regard to what he does not know, shows a cautious reserve. If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success. When affairs cannot be carried on to success, proprieties and music do not flourish. When proprieties and music do not flourish, punishments will not be properly awarded. When punishments are not properly awarded, the people do not know how to move hand or foot. Therefore a superior man considers it necessary that the names he uses may be spoken appropriately, and also that what he speaks may be carried out appropriately. What the superior man requires is just that in his words there may be nothing incorrect.
The Rectification of Names means that “things in actual fact should be made to accord with the implications attached to them by names, the prerequisites for correct living and even efficient government and that all classes of society should accord to what they ought to be” . This essentially means for every action, there is a word that describes that action. The belief is that by following the Rectification of Names, one would be following the correct/right path. The rectification of names also calls for a standard language in which ancient rulers could impose laws that everyone could understand to avoid confusion. Without the rectification of names, different words would have different actions.