People rarely acknowledge that they don’t know what they don’t know. But people like that should never be in positions of authority or power.
The post-war conceit of the West that history has ended and all want what we want has created entire generations lacking the fundamental understanding that cultures differ, attitudes differ, actions differ for a single reason: people from different backgrounds think in different ways.
This is why linguistics is so powerful. Those who define the words used to express thoughts – DEFINE cultures. Those who define words define HOW people think.
If you think words don’t matter, if you think that how we define the words we choose to describe our world are just words carrying no component of thought or civilization or culture, you are saying that words are immutable, that they always mean the same regardless of culture.
You are saying that when I say “Jew” it has the same meaning and consequence as when Hitler said “Jew” or when Hamas says “Jew.”
This an absurd notion.
That words – language – matter is why the most-quoted man of the 20th Century, Noam Chomsky, is a linguist.
And what he says, his professional ability to alter the meanings of words surreptitiously, is important because by changing the meaning of words one changes how we express ourselves and our culture; it changes the words used to express our thoughts; it changes how we THINK. This can cause unforeseen consequences, consequences we never would have accepted, until the MEANINGS of our words used to DESCRIBE our thoughts and actions, were changed by society, often unawares.
Cultures with non-Western backgrounds not only WILL not, but CAN not think as we do. It is not possible.
Yet in the West we have allowed into power people who seem to lack the most fundamental of abilities: to grasp that people from different cultures, different upbringings, different societies, different languages … actually THINK differently.
Why would they not?
Liberals are perfectly willing to excuse murder because the killer was raised in a lousy family, acknowledging the ‘nurture’ argument – but then expect those raised in non-Western societies to actually have the same values as we.
It is difficult even to imagine people this stupid. But we don’t just imagine them; we elect them to positions of power.
A society that raises its children to murder others not for what they have done but just because of who they are is and ought to be beyond the pale. But Democrats make common cause with it.
You don’t talk with people whose values are to kill others because of the god they worship.
You don’t negotiate with those who kill others’ children, and who are willing to strap bombs on their own children to do so.
You don’t arm those who dig tunnels beneath kindergartens and load those tunnels with thousands of pounds of explosives.
YOU KILL ALL OF THEM.
YOU KILL THE SOCIETY THAT BREEDS THEM
YOU DESTROY THE CENTERS OF IDEOLOGY AND FUNDING THAT ORGANIZE, TRAIN AND EQUIP THEM.
There IS no quarter between civilization and savages.
Pretending there is only proves that the pretenders hold human life in lower regard than the savages, for the pretenders are allowing their children to be killed not for any purpose, not for any religion, not for any values – but simply to salve the ego of the talkers.
At least the barbarians kill for a reason.
Democrats allow their own to be killed for NO reason.
Nothing is more immoral than to negotiate with Islam.