Tuesday, October 11, 2016
I been workin' on words, phrases (The Guess Who)
Words. Language. Communication.
As an English teacher, those three words actually mean something to me! As in, that's my life's work - to explore words and language; to improve communication.
When I tuned in for a few minutes to the YouTube live stream of the second US Presidential debate, I heard Mr Trump say, "It's just words".
This in response to a question about his misogynistic 'locker room banter' (his words, that don't really matter, according to him).
I then turned it off. Luckily I had to go and teach an English class. Year ten. I kept thinking about that glib phrase of Mr Trump's. And shuddered!
What? So all my life has been a waste? Words and language mean nothing? Communication means nothing?
Then I realised. The giant con. Hiding in plain sight - he was talking about himself. HIS words mean nothing. His marriage vows clearly, mean nothing. HIS promises - nothing.
HIS words...are just words and they mean - nothing.
He's not shallow. He's empty.
Today, I read this and it made even more sense.