Sunday, November 1, 2015

Words Are For the Herds

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness

Words are not used by people. People are used by words.

Not that it has to be this way. It’s just what we’ve so far chosen. Should you be interested in learning how people, including you, are used by words, then read on. Today I’m going to help you free yourself from the shackles of language.

What? You’re not wearing any word shackles? …Yeah. Right… And I’m King Kong…

You only think you’re not wearing word shackles because these fetters are of the mind. Not only are they invisible, but no one has ever brought them to your attention. You’ve spent your life believing words are true and real when, in fact, they are illusory mind-fodder designed to conceal reality.

This is not to say we shouldn’t use them. Words are kind of important to the interaction between most people in life as we know it. The purpose here (and in my other word-related writing, “What Is a Word?”) is to guide you into a deeper awareness of the subtler tones of language.

I’ll start you off with a simple example. The more exciting and complex will follow, as will the smiles and a-ha!'s.

Breaking Words Into Components

I’m first going to suggest that you break words into sections.

One word that comes to mind is: discuss. Normally, when we hear or use this word, it brings to mind imagery of multiple people talking together about the same topic.

When we break down discuss into parts—“dis” and “cuss”—there arises an alternate possibility. Now, “dis-cuss” comes across as "the argument/conversation we have with another as a means invalidating that which is being slandered or cussed".

Simple enough, and it offers a peek at where we’re headed.


Another way to see words is by their phonetic nature. In this sense, we would take a word and pronounce it in a slightly different way from the way we’re used to but still basically sounds like the word in mind.

An example of this is the word disease. From my own experience, people nearly always pronounce this word like “dih-zeeze.” This is all fine and good, but it’s also a subtle mask. Looking literally, hearing phonetically, and speaking slowly as we break down disease into its constituent parts of “dis” and “ease,” we recognize disease as "dis-ease," or a lack of ease.

Which is utterly obvious as to being what sickness is. But who sees it? It took this avid reader and wordsmith/manipulator-of-words/writer about 27 years, and that was at someone else's suggestion.

History is another common one. This word is a hair more complex than the prior two, but we’re still sticking to the same formula.

When we separate history to its phonetic, component parts, the result is “his” and “story,” or “his-story.” And isn’t that right on? Except for very recently, the last 13,000-ish years of recorded his-story has been of a world dominated by patriarchy. And, naturally enough, who do you suppose is writing about our past, telling us what he wants us to know and not telling about what he doesn’t what us to know? The Man!

Which leads to the question: What is the medium through which The Man dumps on us so many of his lies about "how life is"?

Take a minute to think about it. I'm looking for a frequently used, one-syllable word. Use phonetics. Sound it out. Say the word at half-speed. Alternately, you can ask the question and let your mind go silent and see if the answer comes to you.


Ah... Yes... Through the news... Through the noose!

Alternate and Standard Definitions

Sometimes it may help us, once we segment words, to look at what we have when substituting definitions.

For example, let’s suppose we have a word beginning with the prefix con-. To most people, though they may not be exactly sure that con- means “with” or “together,” they probably still realize it as a common prefix which can be used on myriad other words and indicates the same for each. It’s unlikely con- would be thought of, instead, as meaning “scam” or “rip-off” as when placed alone.

But what if it did or could?

One instance of this can be found in the word consumerism. To the average Joe and Jane, consumerism is the ideology which promotes the buying of ever more goods and services. (Pardon me, whilst I chuckle. Ha! “Goods,” they’re called. It’s mostly ego-feeding trash… Anyway…)

Consumerism broken up, however, tells us a very different story. Indeed, it gives us a vital clue about “his-story.”
  • “con” --> fraud, scam, swindle
  • “sumer” --> Sumer --> Sumeria is the ancient Middle Eastern region where his-story tells us the excess buying of goods, just for the sake of having more, originated.
  • “ism” --> doctrine, philosophy, belief system
Yep. It’s been right under your nose all along. The Western “One Right Way” philosophy of consumerism, of the egregious buying of goods and services, is the most ancient of all scams!

So you wake up in the morning and the first thing you do is read the “noose” paper. And scattered throughout you see advertisements.

“advert is meant” --> “to draw attention is meant,” or
"advert eyes meant" --> "to draw attention of the eyes is meant."

And so your attention continues to flip-flop back and forth between the “noose” and "con-sumer" marketing. And you’re none the wiser. Until now. (You're welcome.)


The last major item on the agenda today is intuitive wordplay. To call it intuitive is to say that the recognition of a given word’s deeper meanings just happens. One moment you’ll be painting a wall or trimming your toenails, and the next moment you’ll be struck unexpectedly by word intuition.

I imagine this can come about with nearly any word at all and the meanings you’re offered will probably surprise you.

For example, the other day I was in my kitchen making lunch when the following just plopped into my mind, neat as you please:
Inform. Typically, we think of this as meaning: “to tell someone something.” But inform could also suggest: “to give data”; wherein the “data” is manifest or “in form” (versus unmanifest such as felt perception).

Information. Typically, “data.” But as seen with intuitive perception, and as related to the case of education as noted below, information becomes “in-formation”; as to say, “all subjects are given the same data with expectations for a uniform, predictable, and robotic outcome."

Etymologies and Education

One final thing I’d like to touch on briefly is etymologies. Etymology is sometimes important, but word origins are something few of us have a solid knowledge base in. Etymologizing isn’t then what I’d necessarily suggest, but I want to be sure to point it out as a possible path.

To me, reading into words, so to speak, is more about perceiving words through the intuitive eye as they appear right now rather than using one’s physical eyes to connect modern words to their bygone counterparts.

[Note 9/7/17: Since writing this post on 1/11/15, I’ve come to see that etymologies, if one looks deeply enough, can provide an amazing level of clarity. And so I do, now, highly recommend one keeps their eyes open to this.]

But regardless of how this all pans out for you, I want you to know that what I give you in this writing is meant to be guidance. Because with guidance I can lead you forward, without force or standardization, and allow you at any time to drop out or even advance further than I.

What I do not have any interest in doing is educating you. Education is forcing "in-formation" on others in unnatural ways (such as rote schooling or through the "noose") and expecting them to be able to barf it all back verbatim so as to be validated as worthy of grasping the "con-sumer-ism" mindset.

What I do not have any interest in doing, as the etymology of educating denotes, is “training animals”.

Click here for: “Words Are for the Herds – Part 2”.

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