Deceitful words

“When we shrink from the sight of something, when we shroud it in euphemism, that is usually a sign of inner conflict, of unsettled hearts, a sign that something has gone wrong in our moral reasoning.” – Matthew Scully,Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy

“… one must never let a euphemism or a false consolation pass uncontested. The truth seldom lies, but when it does lie it lies somewhere in between.”- Christopher Hitchens, For the Sake of Argument: Essays and Minority Reports

‘Seventy years ago, George Orwell … noted that politicians, journalists and academics were increasingly using meaningless words and euphemisms to make “lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and… give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” While Orwell ended his essay with hope for the future, today’s politics has unfortunately continued this slide into ambiguity and deception, and is in many ways worse than in Orwell’s time… Orwell warned about these abuses of language, especially rhetoric that’s deceitful but effective. “[The] invasion of one’s mind by ready-made phrases can only be prevented if one is constantly on guard against them,” he said, “and every such phrase anesthetizes a portion of one’s brain.” ” – Conor Lynch, AlterNet.


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