“Americans believe that they are normal, that they make sense, and that the rest of the world is exotic. They do not seem to understand that they are the most exotic people in the world right now.”
― Werner Herzog, Werner Herzog: Interviews
I lived in Asia for decades. I live in Portugal now. Portuguese is the Latin language, as are French, Italian, and Spanish. Men in Portugal say obrigado, and women say obrigada.
Below is a quote from an article on AN OPEN FORUM FOR CLASSICS.
Wolfgang de Melo
Now that we have seen how different languages assign gender, let’s look at Latin again. Gender in Latin is largely assigned by morphological criteria, but again with a semantic core. There are five declension classes, some of them with subclasses. Nouns of the first declension, with a nominative in –a, are feminine. Those of the second declension end in –us or –um and are masculine and neuter, respectively. Nouns of the fourth declension end in –us or –u and are masculine and neuter, respectively. And nouns of the fifth declension end in –es and are feminine.
Why am I talking about Latin languages and sending you a philology article? I audited an episode of Making Sense, Sam Harris’s podcast, and it made my stomach feel like when I was a child in the dentist’s office waiting room.
A Conversation with Megan Phelps-Roper
Here’s the description of the podcast:
MARCH 31, 2023
Sam Harris speaks with Megan Phelps-Roper about the new podcast series she hosts and produced, “The Witch Trials of J. K. Rowling.” The series is also produced by Andy Mills and Matt Boll for The Free Press.
Born and raised in the Westboro Baptist Church, Megan Phelps-Roper left a life of religious extremism in 2012. She has spent the past decade using her experiences to work with schools on anti-bullying campaigns, with law enforcement organizations investigating deradicalization, and with tech companies on the intersection of safety, free speech, and the value of dialogue across ideological divides. Her journey has been chronicled in a trio of BBC documentaries, a TED talk, and her memoir Unfollow.
Podcast: The Witch Trials of J.K. Rowling
The United States is full of extremists. There are all kinds of conspiracy maniacs, gun freaks, militias, bizarre Christian cults, intractable politicians and ideologues, strange economic faiths, woo-woo movie stars and shock jocks selling snake oil, liars, con artists, post-post modernist, gray-scale right-wing and left-wing zealots, ultra-violent blood sports, gangs, all kinds of addicts, strange academic fads, and all these wild and crazy people are pointing their fingers at each other hurling all manor of dehumanizing insults at one another while arming themselves for war.
Please consider the U.S. Empire; there has never been anything like it in history. I post a lot of stuff from many sources on my Facebook page and have made a page of links I visit on my website. I share my thoughts, ideas, and feelings often. I know I’m not an influencer. I doubt anything I say or do will impact the world. A few friends might listen to me and be concerned with my thoughts and feelings. But I can’t help myself; sometimes, my guts are tied up in knots when I think about how the world is going.
I don’t pray to anything in particular, but I do pray, and I pray that young people will go in a different direction than America has been going lately. I am praying that American pathologies don’t infect the rest of the world.
I also want to remind people that African countries aren’t Woke, India isn’t Woke, Eastern Europe and Tajikistan aren’t Woke, the Middle East isn’t Woke, Japan isn’t, China isn’t, Malaysia isn’t, Indonesia is not Woke, South American countries are not woke. And dare I say, most Americans are not woke!
There are 353.90 million Twitter users and roughly eight billion people worldwide. I hope and pray that people safeguard and maintain their sanity and avoid America’s extremist noise. Look at the United States as a dangerous yet entertaining spectacle of madness and uninhibited, ferocious creativity.
I am not saying that everyone in the United States is a freak; I’m only saying that it’s the Mecca for The Freakshow. And yes, if civilization dies, Uncle Sam will have had a significant role in its demise. As a guy born in Denver, I wish I didn’t feel compelled to say these things.
The Anglo-West is full of strange beliefs that are not healthy. Sometimes I wish it would wall itself in and leave the rest of the world alone.
Read the article on language and listen to the podcast, and you’ll know why I was triggered this morning.
Well, yeah, America is Orwellian. Make no mistake.