Yes, we have an incredible problem with truth and the validity of words. It is certainly possible to blame this on any number of the usual suspects. We have come to see the power in language as the making of memes that removes the work from understanding the thoughts behind the words. This is the recursive process of immediately jumping to higher level that allows the taking of thoughts as objects to be labeled and derided. Words, of course, are already that process. We simply have forgotten when to stop. Memes are objects and no longer evolve except at a higher level when they become ironic and shortcuts for derision and humor. At some point, though, you need to come back to words as living, evolving things. Their life needs to be restored to them. I’m just not sure how to do that. This essay, at least, seemed to restore life to some of those words . . .

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