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The Way We See the World

Paloma Vazquez wrote How Language Influences The Way We View The World, reacting to a Wall Street Journal article Lost in Translation, on whether and how language influences culture. Both articles are fascinating reflections on how our words are shaped by–and shape–our world.

From my perspective, using a term like “consumer” sets a context and a meaning for our actions, describes our state of being, and limits our place in an economic hierarchy. While I find the term to be inaccurate and disrespectful, it’s also revealing. This is not the language of the world I want to support. We have many word choices; others offer greater potential and a more intriguing future.

Thanks to Jerry Michalski for the pointer to the article.

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