We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I would propose another attraction: Sapir-Whorf lets us off the hook. The theory suggests that some thoughts or ways of seeing the world are simply not possible for us—and that can be comforting, particularly if it means we’re limited in the same way that thousands or millions of other speakers of our language are limited. Less comforting is the post-Whorfian reality: that our potential thoughts are not limited by constraints of language, but by our own deeper inabilities to imagine, perceive, and feel. For those who thought they could blame words, that is an unsettling thought in any language.
I suggest this is incomplete. they're speaking of mind and language, but there's really a triad here: mind, language and sense perception. the mind perceives the world only through the physical senses, expresses ideas only through language. and just as important, these three have evolved together. the human mind has evolved influenced by the five primary senses, and so has language. so if I say "cat" then every reader here, having the same shared sensory experience of x years of knowing cats understands completely the concept of "catness" through that word. thus mind, experience and language are comfortably united.
now consider "photon" or "quark". its not the constraints of language that limits our understanding of these, but our inability to perceive them directly in the way we experience cats. the mind isn't constructed to comprehend the nature of photons directly. the mind has created the word (language) "photon", but that is an incomplete expression of a what actually is quantum having particle/wave duality with mass 0, spin 1, charge 0, etc. Its an awkward language construction because the mind through the sense can not perceive them directly and hence cannot develops the language to describe them with the simple elegance it does with the word "cat".
in other words, among an intelligent species that could directly perceive the subatomic world, the word "photon" would convey the same degree of direct knowledge as "cat" does for us.
The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, like much anthropology of its era, is largely just an anti-western, anticolonialist view. NW Europeans ruled much of the globe, and there was a snapback reaction that other cultures were also valuable.
Assistant Village Idiot