Benefits Of E-Prime

Lao-Tse:

The road you can talk about is not the road you walk on.

How often do you find yourself saying that Person A “is a fucking liar”, or that Person B “is a bore” on a daily basis? We make judgments like this everyday without ever really realizing the full implications of what we are ultimately doing. What we are doing is stamping, or branding, that person with an idea of his or her ‘essence’ . . . in the core of that person’s being they are a liar, or a bore.

But is this true?

Is this person ‘a liar’, or do they simply sometimes lie? To be truly a liar one would have to lie about absolutely everything. Every single word they spoke would need to be a lie. What if the person sees you on the street and says “Hello!” – how can that be a lie? “Good day”, perhaps. Or, what about the bore? Is this person truly boring, at all moments, or do they simply seem to be boring in your presence? James Joyce was quoted as saying that he didn’t believe there was such a thing as a boring person. So, can that person be a bore?

Perhaps the correct way to describe these people in a truthful manner would be to classify them in this manner, “I don’t care for Person A because he seems to lie a lot.” or “Person B isn’t my cup of tea, in regards to my tastes and interests I find them to be boring most of the time.”

If this seems to be overly complicated and long-winded, I would agree with you, but consider this, how different would our world be, tomorrow, if people didn’t routinely think in these ways:

-That person “is” a thief
-That person “is” a nigger
-That person “is” a Republican
-That person “is” a racist
-That person “is” slutty
-That person “is” a soldier
-That person “is” a murderer

Would a lot of our prejudices and stupidities melt away?

Maybe.

Hail Eris – All Hail Discordia

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7 Responses to “Benefits Of E-Prime”

  1. Oscypek Says:

    You seem to me to be quite correct. Lovely!

  2. Baron von Hoopla Says:

    Danke.

    You two should start signing your comments too so I know which one of you two yabbos I am talking to.

  3. Baron von Hoopla Says:

    Also “seem to me to be” = the correct answer

  4. Oscypek Says:

    that was Dave, this seems to be Monz.

    I couldn’t agree with you more regarding “is.” The concept puts our assumptions and opinions about things and people around us and states them as an absolute truth.
    If something “is” a certain way, how can you argue that in fact it isn’t?

    However, taking into consideration the non-existance of absolute truths and objective realities it appears to me that the statement that someting “is” doesn’t actually reflect anything other than someone’s personal opinion, or the opinion of a group of people.

    Eradicating this would help people get rid of prejudices–how could anyone come up with a racial stereotype if they couldn’t say a black person “is” anything?

    E-prime all the way!

  5. Baron von Hoopla Says:

    BOOYA!

  6. Anonymous Says:

    i disagree.

    karle my co-work IS annoying.

    no seems to be annoying about it.

    J

  7. Baron von Hoopla Says:

    Yes, in your case, you are right. E-Prime doesn’t fit Karle. Karle IS annoying.

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