Sunday, February 5, 2017

Replacement Language

The replacement of expansive normatives with limited ones, of intelligent language with stupid, of vast means of thinking with minute, is not accomplished solely through the profusion of combination words; the mockery of spelling, grammar or diction; or, a climate of disdain toward any pursuit of complexity or shared precision. Rather, normatives are expressed in a multitude of ways, the easiest of which to employ is not merely an oral or written language, or a combination thereof, but of a series of sub-cultural rituals, more rapidly communicable than full languages themselves, and with narrower bounds. The mass popularization of any restrictive, demandingly simple normative means that any later policy goal which seeks concession to the pragmatic in order to be achieved will necessarily reduce itself to the simplicity of the loci of such popularity in order to be more appealing. Future attempts at being better, in any way, than the present, will demean themselves inasmuch as they seek out popularity via the venues previously described. Metaphorically, if a collection of chefs pursues additional members via easing its dialectical, educational, or metallurgical requirements, it will cease being what it was, and, in so thriving, reject the impracticality of its former self, which is to say, reject the value of the standards it set to establish. Its logos (sic/sic) will become increasingly impure, yet increasingly powerful, for in that first pragmatic concession, the bounds of survivability are established: the pursuit, then the embrace, then the intrinsic perpetuation of the mundane, where camaraderie supplants quality and quality must necessarily become its own heathen, lest it realize what has happened to it.

1 comment:

  1. Which seems to be the opposite (intention and result) of an organization/ culture seeking to set itself apart from some populace at large, or establish an exclusivity of knowledge/ hurdle to entry/ mastery, through the invention of or re-definition of commonly-accepted terms and meanings. E.g. Mariners, lawyers, secret societies.