Do you feel like you are dying intellectually? I know I do. As many of you know, my life has had to change in some ways for the worse, and as a result, I find myself literally sitting in a cesspool of intellectual depravity at every turn. Oh, and by the way, I hate it.
What seems like a million times a day, I hear the English language being chopped up so badly, I hardly know what the person is trying to say. As a child, I learned how to properly conjugate verbs, so I am amazed at how often I hear someone say “I done that” or “It don’t matter none.” And folks, it isn’t always from those you expect. Sadly, this awful and incorrect way of speaking often comes from the mouths of those who profess to be college graduates (“profess” being the operative word.)
However, it’s not just the way we speak that depresses me. Equally disturbing is the content of our speech. For the past month, I have spent my evenings in an environment where the most intellectual conversation I’ve had was about…well, I can’t even think of anything. There is just so much conversation you can tolerate about absolutely nothing of value or relevance; especially when the speech is laced with split verbs and mindless idioms.
Gerald McRaney (an actor I’ve had the privilege of working with in an episode of “Presidio Med”) played an English professor in several episodes of the show “Designing Women” (a favorite sitcom of mine). His character was equally disturbed by the “dumbing down” of America and delivered the following dialogue on the subject:
“Our individual language banks are shrinking. Our objectives are imprecise and ordinary and we’ve developed a kind of counterfeit communication which diminishes us all with its banality. In other words, we don’t talk good and we don’t write good – anymore!”
I think that says it all.
Keep running and staying in shape. Spring is right around the corner – praise the Lord!