Words To Add To Your Mental Database

Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime. -Lao Tzu

Ever have those aha moments where you’re reading something and then you look up the word and then think to yourself now that’s the word I’ve been looking for? A word that just sums up and succinctly says what you’ve wanted to communicate; thoughts that you’ve had but couldn’t put a finger on to explain the world around you. But when you find it! you’re suddenly filled with a great sense of relief. Suddenly you aren’t so alone in the world anymore. Here are 5 of those words.

Plutocracy
Is the idea that there’s a small group of the wealthiest people who are the puppeteers of society at large (source).
Indoctrination
What helps me remember this word is the feeling that one gets when he questions something either in school, church, work basically anywhere and gets a sense that he’s done something wrong. Essentially it’s when people are being forced either psychologically or sometimes physically into thinking and being a certain way (source).
Obfuscation
“Obfuscation is the obscuring of the intended meaning of communication by making the message difficult to understand, usually with confusing and ambiguous language. The obfuscation might be either unintentional or intentional (although intent usually is connoted), and is accomplished with circumlocution (talking around the subject), the use of jargon (technical language of a profession), and the use of an argot (ingroup language) of limited communicative value to outsiders” (source).

I’ve had my share of personal experiences with obfuscation all over the place. Obfuscation is when people knowingly or unknowingly make simple things sound complicated, cryptic, and confusing.

Microagression
I like to think of microagression as those small insulting acts that aren’t so obvious. It’s when you’re treated like a second-class citizen and everyone knows it’s happening but no one wants to acknowledge it. It’s people being unkind to another (consciously or unconsciously) because of some petty difference like race, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, political choice; social status, the way one dresses, etc. (source).
Paternalism
It’s when liberties are taken away or autonomy has been restricted by an authority that feels that they know what’s best for you. I think it’s very similar to the practice of standardization and the way that many of us experience short-sighted laws and/or rules in our everyday. That is, it takes from our ability to think and make decisions for ourselves and it undermines our ability to learn and to grow. It’s being turned into a vegetable all the while being told that meat is bad (source).
Planned Obsolescence
“Planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence in industrial design and economics is a policy of planning or designing a product with an artificially limited useful life, so it will become obsolete (that is, unfashionable or no longer functional) after a certain period of time. The rationale behind the strategy is to generate long-term sales volume by reducing the time between repeat purchases (referred to as “shortening the replacement cycle”).

Producers that pursue this strategy believe that the additional sales revenue it creates more than offsets the additional costs of research and development and opportunity costs of existing product line cannibalization. In a competitive industry, this is a risky strategy because when consumers catch on to this, they may decide to buy from competitors instead.” (source)

Post Author: Chad

A Nobody Just Trying to Figure Things Out.

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