“Epistemology is a science devoted to the discovery of the proper methods of acquiring and validating knowledge. The truth or falsehood of all of man’s conclusions, inferences, thoughts and knowledge rests on the truth or falsehood of his definitions,” correctly observed Ayn Rand so many years ago.
In a very real way, definitions are like the ‘software’ of the mind. Through definitions, the human mind is ‘programmed’ to perceive and understand the world around it. A true understanding of that world requires the use of proper definitions grounded in reality and reason.
This explains why, in today’s Leftist political pandemic crisis, we find ourselves on the fields of contradiction – the epistemological battlefields in an epistemological war – where meanings become meaningless and where facts don’t matter.
Because their ideologies and objectives are built on lies and falsehoods, destroying knowledge of the truth is essential to all dictatorships. Towards this end, contradictions are the most powerful weapon of all despots and tyrannical movements because when forced to use contradictory ideas, the mind becomes incapable of resistance.
We cannot simply deal with contradictions by dismissing or ignoring them. They must be identified and refuted and the only way to do this is by offering proper objective definitions relative to a given contradiction.
The war we are in is very real and freedom itself is at stake. But unlike conventional warfare identified by the use of physical weapons, the weapon that appears to work best in destroying our Western culture is the propaganda of repeated contradiction. This calls for a concerted repetition of the truth by all those able to express it.
To call it a ‘war of words’ is perhaps an over-simplification. But it’s still a pretty good way to describe our current political pandemic in a way that’s Just Right.
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