While tooling around on the internets this morning, I noticed that Dr. Giroux paid a visit to Bill Moyers (watch it here http://billmoyers.com/segment/henry-giroux-on-zombie-politics/) and it reminded me about this post I wrote around this time last year.
I had just been thinking, again, about our selfie culture and insane drive to buy moreandmoreandmore crap- as I watched the footage of the battles happening in shops on Black Friday- and ruminated on the fact that the impulse to buybuybuy- at times and places dictated to us by the marketing people and the economics ‘leaders’- has become increasingly repugnant to me. Not that I don’t love a good bargain (my Dad was a notorious bargain shopper- I guess I picked that up from him), but because I really resent the rank consumerism that is eating us alive.
We celebrated US Thanksgiving last night- Fletch and his lovely better half always host us for an amazing food-and-drink fest in their home. I’m still full. Of the food, certainly, but mainly from the friendship and fellowship and great conversations we always seem to find at their place.
I can’t imagine rushing out to fight crowds in stores where under-paid employees are forced to leave their homes and hearths to serve the state-sanctioned consumerism of the general public.
I love words. I love seeking their origins, working out where they came from and why we use them to say the things we’re trying to say.
I have a fairly developed vocabulary- owing largely to the fact that I read a lot, but also because I know a number of languages, in addition to my mother tongue. The ancient languages provide a foundation for some of the whys and wherefores, and the modern languages help explain particular usages. It’s like a big puzzle- the way words connect us. Words demonstrate the way in which we communicate- across this wide world of ours- and the way we always have done.
‘Newer’ languages borrow words from those that came before- adapting them to seek their particular linguistic needs. Language is never static- it develops with each passing day.
Literacy- in any and all languages- is something I regard as supremely important.
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