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Socrates, Le Guin on writing and words October 17, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Race Relations.
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Ursula Le Guin

To misuse language is to use it the way politicians and advertisers do, for profit, without taking responsibility for what the words mean. Language used as a means to get power or make money goes wrong: it lies. Language used as an end in itself, to sing a poem or tell a story, goes right, goes towards the truth.

A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. (…) (A Few Words to a Young Writer)

Socrates

The misuse of language induces evil in the soul

Chamil and Ibrahim still have far to go before reaching the realm of literature.

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1. kittykat46 - October 17, 2008

Eli,
Nice to know another fan of Ursula Le Guin.

I have 20 of her books on my shelves, plus many, many more that I have borrowed from various libraries over the years.

I mainly read her science-fiction, but she has also written very good books on other subjects as well.

2. jerryliew - October 17, 2008

Don’t waste our time on things we considered as rubbish. Let them fade away into oblivion by their insignificant. This is the law of nature!.

3. oneofthesedays... - October 17, 2008

Yes Liz, they are pathetic, low class, soul-less s hiding behind the aprons of bumno. Where would they be without their masters I wonder.

4. Asliman - October 29, 2008

Will you plunder and loot from your “home”?

Only if you only know that “home” is not your own home.

BN leaders don’t think of Malaysia, as their home.

And home is somewhere else for them. Ask Yemeni Baldy or Kerala’s Mamak Kutty, where is home actually?

They obviously don’t love and don’t really care what happens to this home.

That’s why its easy for them to plunder and loot this home because it’s not their home. And they would silence anyone who stands in their way.

What is going to happen to our motherland in the hands of aliens?


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