The Worth of Words

951 Words Jan 13th, 2018 4 Pages
In many ways, the essay entitled "Simple Ways" provides numerous examples that support the preceding assertion. The specific terms for and the implicit connotations of words such as good (and its antipode bad), property, and culture, all suggest a polarization that the author presents plentiful evidence to indicate is simply not true or, at best, is decidedly manipulative. A close examination of these terms and their impact upon society both at present and in a historical context reveals that this type of misleading jargon is essentially without definition and is merely relative to serve the advantage of one person or group of people or another. The author's most convincing example for the extreme relativity that populates a number of little, important words is found in the good/bad conundrum. Quite simply, the passages dedicated to the polarization of these terms sufficiently demonstrate that these words are highly subjective at best, and are extremely mutable in their application and their consequences. While these terms are traditionally contrasted with one another with a type of dichotomy that suggests the y cannot mutually exist simultaneously, the author provides a few salient examples in which things are both good and bad, as the following quotation indicates. "To a vegetarian, French…
Open Document