The World of Labels.... Cellcept http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3062/2597951379_0a50c5e527.jpg by Jason Howard "I am often disgusted when people tell me nonchalantly that they are liberal or conservative with no further explanation, cellcept because it implies a lot more (or less, cellcept rather) than most people realize. Sometimes I will say that I am liberal or conservative on a given issue, cellcept but I'm beginning to think that I shouldn't do the liberal-conservative political spectrum the service of referring to it in writing. Sometimes I use such language simply because it's easier than explaining what I really mean. I may not even know for certain what I'm attempting to communicate, cellcept and thoughtless catch phrases are easier. I know that a thousand different people will interpret such language in a thousand different ways, cellcept and that in a hundred years or so, cellcept no one will know what any of us meant by these terms anyway, cellcept but it's become a habit. Cellcept So much as I try not to use ambiguous language, cellcept it's very difficult to do otherwise. Most of us were never taught how to use language properly, cellcept aside from spelling and grammar as is traditional. It is of great benefit to people in advertising and politics that we don't learn such things. There are many meaningless words that serve no practical purpose other than clouding our real intent. If you consider that human language contains information that can theoretically be quantified into bits and bytes and kilobytes and megabytes, cellcept then consider how much actual information is contained in sentences like 'I am liberal' or 'FDR was a very patriotic man' or 'That is not politically correct.' These sentences contain no more actual information than the famous 'This sentence is false.' They likely contain negative information, cellcept since not only do they fail to provide real information, cellcept they actually mislead you into thinking you've learned something when in reality you haven't. We use such language for many reasons. Sometimes we are too lazy to explain ourselves in a clear and concise manner. Cellcept We don't want to take the time to think about the consistency of what we really believe and want to communicate. Sometimes we're ashamed or embarrassed to explain ourselves, cellcept so we replace our actual beliefs with supposed synonyms like 'liberal' and 'conservative.' Sometimes we intentionally want to deceive people, cellcept and if we were to explain exactly what we were thinking, cellcept we couldn't deceive anyone. In his essay 'Politics and the English Language, cellcept' George Orwell writes: 'Political language ' and with variations this is true of all political parties, cellcept from Conservatives to Anarchists ' is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, cellcept and give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.' In the past I have defended conservatism from the bad reputation it has gotten in recent years, cellcept but I now wonder if it is really necessary to defend it. What about liberalism, cellcept environmentalism, cellcept or capitalism? I am tempted to say that they are not worth defending, cellcept but then I remember the argument that, cellcept if you don't defend your interpretation of a given label, cellcept other people are bound to control it, cellcept and he who controls the label has the power."   You can read more of the article at: http://www.strike-the-root.com/3/howard/howard1.html