One of the ‘buzz words” in the politically correct lexicon is “discrimination.” People take it as a point of pride that they do not “discriminate” against anyone. You see it in the news media; on TV; in the movies; you hear it in the things news anchors, entertainers, talk show hosts and politicians say. But few of these people actually understand what they are saying. You even see these rejections of “discrimination” in advertisement campaigns. The problem is, few – if any – of the people using the word in this manner actually understand what they are really saying. They think they are saying they are against racism or that they are not bigots, but what they are really telling the world is that they have renounced their capacity for reason in favor of being seen as holding the politically accepted position. And, in choosing to side with the politically correct herd, these people tell the world they see no difference between themselves and a pedophile, mass murderer or a person who likes to torture animals. Yes, that is what they are saying. Sadly, they don’t see or understand this because, before they can understand it, they have to learn how to discriminate.
As you may already know, when faced with anything dealing with the definition of words, I like to go to the dictionary – so we can all be sure we are on the same sheet of music. So, come on, let me take you on a quick jaunt through the Merriam-Webster’s on line dictionary:
Definition of DISCRIMINATION
1a : the act of discriminating
b : the process by which two stimuli differing in some aspect are responded to differently
2: the quality or power of finely distinguishing
3a : the act, practice, or an instance of discriminating categorically rather than individually
b : prejudiced or prejudicial outlook, action, or treatment <racial discrimination>
There it is: the definition most these people think they are using. But they never stop to think that “discrimination” has more than one meaning. In fact, prejudice is the last of the listed definitions. The first, and actually the most common definition for the word, is synonymous with discriminating. So, let’s look at the definition of that word:
Definition of DISCRIMINATING
1: making a distinction : distinguishing <a discriminating mark>
2: marked by discrimination:
b : discriminatory <accused of discriminating practices>
See, discrimination can mean to make a distinction – as in, discriminating taste. But the PC idiots who use the word as a hammer to silence political opposition never allow for this possibility. Instead, they wield the term without thought or reason, thus, they assert that they see no difference between good or evil – because they refuse to “discriminate,” to “distinguish” between good and evil. However, if you are not foolish and you do understand that there is good and evil, right and wrong in this world, then you understand we not only should chose, we must chose between them. And that leads to another definition for “discriminating:” “discernment.”
Definition of DISCERNMENT
2: an act of perceiving or discerning something
Which points us to:
Definition of DISCERNING
And there you are: right back at the word “discriminating,” which we got to by looking at “discrimination.” You see, the words and – more importantly – the ideas they represent are all closely connected, and they are all connected to the notion of insight and understanding.
So, the next time one of your Leftist friends spouts off about “discrimination” and how they are against it, ask them why they are against understanding the issues and watch their confusion. They will revert to anger and name calling in quick order because that is the only response their programming will allow because they will have no “insight or understanding” into what you said because they do not “discriminate.”
See how much fun it can be to mess with Liberals?
[Note: when a person uses a word that has more than one definition, but they do not clearly define which definition they are using, or they intentionally or unintentionally switch from one definition to another without making the switch clearly understood, this is known as the fallacy of equivocation. It is a common fallacy, and it can be difficult to catch – especially when being used by a skilled propagandist. The Left uses it quite frequently, but it is bad reasoning and usually indicates a deliberate attempt to obfuscate or deceive. In other cases, it is a clear indication of profound ignorance. It’ll be up to you to decide which you are dealing with in any given argument.]