Consider figure above. The example about baseball fans seems innocuous enough, but the synonyms? If someone described himself as conservative architect, do you think he would like to be described by anyone of those synonyms? “Traditional,” maybe?
What about the folks on the other side of the political divide?
An architect might not want to be called a liberal architect, but most of those synonyms work. “Broad-minded” and radical are just about the only ones that don’t.
What about that other word that Liberals have adopted for themselves, “progressive.”
Isn’t a progressive architect just wonderful? Self identified “liberals” have ruined the word “liberal”. So now they are working on the word “progressive.”
Remember when Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders competed to be the most “presidential” presidential candidate. Is it not a wonder that the word “progressive” still has a positive connotation, at least in Dictionary by Merriam-Webster: America’s most-trusted online dictionary?
What is the point? The Bible requires us to love our neighbor. The Bible gives us moral standards that we apply with respect to how we treat each other as neighbors. That includes this commandment.
Unlike past generations, this generation of Americans does not take the Bible seriously. What do we use to replace the moral standards once provided for us by the Bible? There is no alternative. Doesn’t exist. In a society bereft of shared moral standards, we cannot trust someone just because he reputedly is an expert. We cannot even trust Dictionary by Merriam-Webster: America’s most-trusted online dictionary to objectively define words.
This post is one of the “OF TWISTED WORDS” series. For a list of “OF TWISTED WORDS” posts, see OF TWISTED WORDS => FEMINISM – Citizen Tom.