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.
From Freedom, Morality, and New Year Revolutions at One Cosmos:
You will notice that when you pick up most any "new age" type book -- in fact, unfortunately, many conventional religious books as well -- the language conveniently goes "wobbly" just at that critical juncture when you most need it. These frauds use language in such a way that they make you feel as if the fault is within you, not them. Philosophers and academics pull the same thing all the time. But if you truly understand something, then it shouldn't be difficult to find the words to convey that understanding to another, at least assuming adequate communication skills, along with good will in the reader. (I might add that where the new agers use fuzzy language to conceal their ignorance, the conventionally religious often fall back on overly rigid and saturated formulas to cover over their lack of understanding.)
It's a good observation, and I have noticed that too. And mea culpa, Gagdad Bob: I have done the same sometimes.
James Joyce springs to mind, and I believe is an admitted inspiration for the Gagdaddyan dialect. And, yes, One Cosmos, the book and the blog, reach
quite solid levels of clarity on fairly subtle subjects,with more-than-occasional forays into jazzy linguistic melodies.
Liberal Christian theologists have been making subtle yet blatant changes to the Bible etc for quite a while now. I didn't notice until recently that the word amen has been removed from our Presbyterian church hymnal books. Our choir director said that they wanted to make them gender nuetral. Can you imagine anyone being offended by the word amen?
What a weird outlook. Gagdad Bob writes about philosophical issues that few people have the talent or the inclination to tackle on a regular basis. One Cosmos is one of the very few sites that makes the internet so interesting and so indispensable.
There was a guy named Will Shakespeare who made up a few words now and then also. Is he a fraud too?