Where will you go?

What will you do if you suddenly find yourself surrounded by people who do not speak your language? From the simplest command, to the more complicated and significant idea, your words fall on deaf ears. Not exactly deaf ears, because they ‘hear’ you, but they don’t understand you. In fact, they are repulsed by you. You don’t understand their words either. You are repulsed by them as well, but there are so any more of them, than there are of you.

There are only a few languages that may be spoken in public without scorn or revulsion. But you don’t want to speak those languages anymore. Where will you go?

In 2015, political parties in the United States are methods of control. There are very few meaningful differences between the two major players, but they have branded themselves based on token issues and made up values with labels like “Tradition” and “Progress”. As time has passed without major existential threats on American soil, and very little labor or toil when compared to our predecessors, politics has devolved into a social status, and a conversation piece. Instead of seeking a way of life and searching for leaders that enable it, we try to squeeze ourselves into one of two ideological camps, and we allow our elected leaders to educate us on just what type of life we should be seeking.

We are people, with ways of thinking that should be detached from two major political parties or ideological camps. There are many dimensions to the way we think. There are not only two types of people in the world, or in the country, so why do we speak only two languages? Why does it seem like our language was abandoned in common use years ago, and has recently been snubbed out completely? For years we have hung on to the threads of our dying language as it manifest itself in one of the controlling brands.

Visit this blog once per week, on Sunday afternoons, for a discussion in a language you understand. This will not be a desperate attempt of an upstart political party ambitiously seeking a place among the powerhouses. We have already determined there is no appetite for our ideas among the masses; no ear for our language. We have no candidate. We have no platform, though we will discuss what a perfect one might look like.

At the beginning of the last century, Theodore Roosevelt felt like one of the parties didn’t speak his language anymore so he formed a party and a new platform. It didn’t last long, but mainly because his ambitions were purely political. He would have been perfectly happy to stay in the Republican party, but he was out-politicked by Taft for the nomination.

We introduce the 21st century version of TR’s idea. The main difference between our idea and TR’s is that we are not seeking political gain. Just a refuge of ideas and language. We chose the Bull Gator for a few reasons, though admittedly this is not a perfect analogy. This creature is majestic, powerful, misunderstood, and endangered. The true alligator is native to the United States (differentiate from the crocodile). It tries to keep to itself. It poses no threat to any human who respects its habitat and doesn’t foolishly infringe on its territory. Quite frankly, we chose the Bull Gator because it is awesome.

You have to use caution to speak your language in public. Your ideas are not accepted anymore. Where will you go?


One thought on “Where will you go?”

  1. This very nicely sums up my position in the world and my situation. Using metaphor often clarifies thinking as well as speech, In this case, your metaphors are near perfect. Probably because of my age (I like to call it “my wisdom”), I have become increasingly outspoken in my native language despite the fact that it is now often met with “scorn and revulsion”, or at least shock. My language hasn’t evolved. We fine-tune our language as we learn and grow older, but the underlying foundation is constant, because it was built upon thinking independently, trial and error, objective observation of events, and of cause and effect. I know there can be consequences for breaking out from the herd; free speech isn’t really free. There are consequences. I am not invulnerable to retribution; believe it or not, there are many who would seek to ruin someone or even to kill someone who won’t conform to subjective norms. So be it. I have to look in the mirror every day. I’m not going to cower under the bed. Good luck with this. I’ll give it a try!


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