I wish my watch would stop telling me that I have crushed my goals. I don’t really want to be crushing anything, and I feel like that sort of aggressive approach to life is a problem.

The easy response is to say these are just words, but the words we use to describe our world our what structure our experience of that world. The words we use are important.

If you walk around casually talking about crushing things that don’t actually need to be crushed, I’d say that’s going to affect your view of the world and how you live in it, and not for the better.

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  1. @petebrown I agree. Our casual everyday language is full of turns of phrase that subtly alter our perception of the world. Here’s one of my favourites: when people don’t actually know the sex of a person or animal or bird etc and call it ‘he’. “See that crocodile? He’s big!” Yeah? Maybe she’s big! I now try to refer to all such unknowns as ‘she’.

  2. @Miraz I am all about context. Everything is in the intent. Which is why I was so pumped to finally figure out which language games philosopher I came across in Philosophy 101 that had been tearing pages out the draft of my internal monologue (I kept think he was an American named John but he was an Austrian named Ludwig). Its is also why I make up words willy nilly to suit my needs.

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