Language, Ideas, and Free Speech

  • January 11, 2014 · 5:00 PM
  • Jonathan & Retha's home

How does language affect ideas? What is free speech? When words/language is deleted, how does that affect our culture/society?

These thoughts came to me as I was drifting off to sleep. Hope you can come and keep me awake with all your ideas!

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  • Monique N. R.

    Are you assuming that language is available to everyone? in my work there are a lot of terms that are field related. Even though the words are common, their use becomes a dictionary in itself. i.e. psycho-babble or legal ease.

    January 25, 2014

    • Janis P.

      That was one of the ideas mentioned in our group in January. Each profession/hobby has its own language set.

      January 25, 2014

  • Lisa

    This is the most conversation I've encountered in a while before a meetup...which is exciting. Could it be we're engaging in a common New Year's resolution to become better communicators utilizing our language skills? :-)

    January 1, 2014

    • Janis P.

      That is a good resolution but it was not consciously made.

      January 2, 2014

    • Mike S.

      Clinton: "depends on what the definition of is is"

      January 5, 2014

  • Jack

    Then one must learn to speak the truth. This also appears strange to you. You do not realize that one has to learn to speak the truth. It seems to you that it is enough to wish or to decide to do so. And I tell you that people comparatively rarely tell a deliberate lie. In most cases they think they speak the truth. And yet they lie all the time, both when they wish to lie and when they wish to speak the truth. They lie all the time, both to themselves and to others. Therefore nobody ever understands either himself or anyone else. Think—could there be such discord, such deep misunderstanding, and such hatred towards the views and opinions of others, if people were able to understand one another? But they cannot understand because they cannot help lying. To speak the truth is the most difficult thing in the world; and one must study a great deal and for a long time in order to be able to speak the truth. The wish alone is not enough. To speak the truth one must know what the truth is an

    January 1, 2014

  • Janis P.


    December 30, 2013

  • Lisa

    Your comment makes me think of tones we use when speaking. The tone of a voice can either keep a conversation going or shut one down. I often wonder if we really pay attention to the tones of our voice.

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Janis P.

    When people from two different generations are talking and one uses a phrase or word that is not/was not used in their generation, the ideas can stop flowing.

    December 29, 2013

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