Written in the Sand Podcast – The Return of the Prodigal Podcast 022

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:04:57 — 121.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreWritten in the Sand Episode 22 The Return of the Prodigal Podcast Yeah, I’m back, picking up where I left off. We expand on life as currency…

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Written in the Sand Podcast – They May Take Our Lives, But They’ll Never Take Our Conformity 017

Written in the Sand Podcast Episode 17

They May Take Our Lives, But They’ll Never Take Our Conformity

Are You One of Us?

We call them catchphrases, clichés, inside jokes, slogans, battle cries, and George Orwell thought of them as sloppy language. In his essay, “Politics and the English language” he talked about how these phrases become removed from any recognizable meaning and become shortcuts for thinking. Even worse, these phrases can be retrofitted for political goals, selling unfamiliar ideas with familiar words. Some phrases become so obscure that we no longer use some of the words let alone know their definitions, but we can often recognize their intent. They become phrases that we understand without having to ponder what the actual words mean.

George Orwell was not a fan.

He felt that this sloppy language lead to sloppy thinking, and I agree with him up to a point. Some of those words may have meanings you are only vaguely aware of, you just kind of understand them by how they are used.

One of the phrases that George Orwell listed was grist for the mill. I know what it means, material that is useful or turns a profit, but I’ve never heard the word grist outside of that phrase in my entire life. It means corn, by the way. Obviously, if you operate a mill, not having anything to grind means that you have a useless building, so any opportunity to obtain such resources must be taken advantage of. Not that many people operate mills anymore, so most of the saying is un-relatable to a modern audience.

I singled out that phrase, but I could have used any of the ones tin the beginning of the episode, or any one of thousands of others to illustrate George Orwell’s sentiment. But all language, in a way, becomes cliché. You can scan down a list of random words and a certain number of them you will recognize without even really knowing how to define them. Often, words become habitual. You just know what they mean.

Today, we are going to discuss a few things about these phrases but in a more generalized sense. The actual phrases don’t matter, what matters is that the environment that we are raised in, which becomes our culture, becomes something that we understand implicitly, without really thinking about it. It’s only when you try to explain it to others that you realize how much of it makes little sense.

This will be the last posting of 2017. We will return in January after the holidays with some changes in format.

Walla Walla Background taken from: Crowd Long By Audionautics and used under Creative Commons License 3.0

Background Music:

“Relaxing Piano Music”

“Monster Parade”

“Floating Cities”

“Baba Yaga”

“Sugar Plum Dark Mix”

“Transition One”

“Perspectives”

“Chanter”

“Wish Background”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Written in the Sand Podcast – It’s All Plumbing 013

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 38:42 — 38.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | More Written in the Sand Dune, Book One, Chapter Three part 3 It’s All Plumbing   Today we’re going to talk politics. Specifically, We’re going to talk…

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Written in the Sand Podcast – Let’s Brush Up on Our Anxieties

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (20.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | More Written in the Sand Dune, Book One, Chapter Three part 2(ish) Let’s Brush Up on Our Anxieties   Bit of a small re-cap episode here. I’m still recovering from…

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Written in the Sand Podcast – I See That I Am Blind

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (63.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | More Written in the Sand Dune, Book One, Chapter Three part 1 I see That I Am Blind   Prediction, prophecy, psychic knowledge…These form a central theme to the Dune…

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Written in the Sand Podcast – A Society of Problems 007

This is part two of our look at men and women, the differences and the stereotypes. This episode will add to the foundation we’ve already established and we will get to the point of why this topic needs to be here.

Just to recap, in part one I presented some general stereotypes of both men and women and then took a look at the merits and shortcomings of those stereotypes. To re-emphasize, I want to make clear that such stereotypes are not going to be true for everyone, but they are going to be true for someone.

The dangers of stereotypes is that they create an expectation, sometimes it is one of standards that one must live up to and at other times the expectation that one is no better than the stereotype. These expectations come from outside and also from within. Men setting expectations for other men, women setting expectations for men, men setting them for women, and women setting standards for other women. And last, but not least, we expect them from ourselves.

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