Terminology defining difference: Post EU UK Referendum
If we are to work toward limiting global disruption due to climate change; to urgently work together over one of our biggest commonalities, our environment, does terminology need closer inspection.
To share goals, achieve critical mass words used have to not make others shy away. Words that identify too strongly with any one type of political leaning or affiliation will lead to that 'cause', that 'party', that 'group', that 'political disagreement', that 'march', that 'demo', 'protest' or 'demand' to change not being inclusive, or strongly supported.
"I can not be seen to be a part of it, or associated with it, those words alienate me; I'm different"
I have been labeled as an activist, I prefer to think of myself as someone who is engaged with politics through an artist's perspective. How is the word activist perceived by you? Not understood by you. Then how is it perceived outside of your peer group or age group? Words and imagery get hijacked, and used highly effectively against the politically engaged, propaganda. Words get slanted by context, speaking a new volume.
Can we offer words of commonality... by pass doctrines built by skewed agenda to achieve another's critical mass. Blair offered hope for change. But the positive change must happen for all to maintain engagement, cohesion, strong enabled inclusive, democratic communities.
Would you feel striped of your meaning, identity if you had to bypass cetain terminology to achieve meaningful change, or bring more to your cause? Words such as 'capitalist, fascist, Tory, neoliberal, socialist, communist, nationalist, racist, right, lefty, or disempowered by dropping command, demand words, 'don't' 'stop' 'no to' 'no more'. Do these words just define and highlight difference, or make your feel unjustly told off?
For our future generations I feel we need carefully selected words that help us to work together, toward urgent common goals, safety, health, security and happiness. Our tiny fagile blue dot in vast space can provide all of it, when we remember to listen to it, work with it, and each other.