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PostSubject: Practical, metaphorical, and nihilistic forms of speech. Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:03 am

When speaking practically:

We at all times understand that words are symbols and that no symbol is identical with its representation. Furthermore, at times we speak in terms of absolutes, meaning we don't always use qualifiers to remind the listeners that we understand our words aren't identical with what is real.

All that we say refers to what is real.

We never use contradictions.

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When speaking metaphorically:

We at all times understand that words are symbols and that no symbol is identical with its representation. Furthermore, at times we speak in terms of absolutes, meaning we don't always use qualifiers to remind the listeners that we understand our words aren't identical with what is real.

Qualifiers are generally, but not as a rule, less frequent than when speaking practically.

Not all that we say refers to what is real, but when we speaking of something that is unreal we do so knowingly and with the purpose to illuminate, rather than obscure.

At times we use contradictions, but we do so knowingly and with the purpose to illuminate, rather than obscure.

This form of speech is common in certain types of poetry, storys, and philosophy.

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When speaking nihilistically:

We do one or more of the following three things, simultaneously:

We never understood, or at least temporarily forgot, that words are symbols, and that no symbol is identical with its representation. Furthermore, we speak in terms of absolutes, meaning we don't always use qualifiers and therefore falsely lead the listeners to the conclusion that we understand our words aren't identical with what is real.

Without knowing, or for the purpose of obfuscation, we speak of things which don't refer to what is real.

Without knowing, or for the purpose of obfuscation, we use contradictions.

Among other things, this form of speech can include or be intermixed within supposedly practical writing, supposedly metaphorical writing, poetry, and fiction.
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PostSubject: Re: Practical, metaphorical, and nihilistic forms of speech. Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:22 am

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PostSubject: Re: Practical, metaphorical, and nihilistic forms of speech. Mon Nov 24, 2014 5:36 am

I don't know the timeline, but I assume, beginning early post war, the French were one of the leading cultural forces of obfuscation. The extreme degree of liberalism was not helped by the French reaction to the war, and liberalism is, of course, fundamentally obfuscational. Perhaps it took Americans until the 60s or later to begin to catch up in obfuscation.
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