Wednesday’s Word: Fake


I believe words mean something. They have power. Words are what give us connection, empathy, passion and power. They help us understand one another.

In my efforts to start back on a blogging schedule and search the vast corners of the earth for more words that move me, I am going to start a Wednesday Word.

I will post a word, quote, phrase or who knows what else that moves me, inspires me, enrages me or more. I may comment on it. Or perhaps I will not. Feel free to share your thoughts on the topic too.

So here goes, the Wednesday Word is: fake.

The word fake has been around for a long time. According to dictionary.com, it was recorded to have been used since 1775.

Word Origin and History for fake

attested in London criminal slang as adjective (1775), verb (1812), and noun (1851, of persons 1888), but probably older. A likely source is feague“to spruce up by artificial means,” from German fegen “polish, sweep,”also “to clear out, plunder” in colloquial use. “Much of our early thieves’slang is Ger. or Du., and dates from the Thirty Years’ War” [Weekley]. Or it may be from Latin facere “to do.” Related: Faked fakes faking.”

Yet, the term has become quite popular the past few years, and annoyingly so. There is fake news galore. Ironically, some of those who speak about fake news the most are the ones who seem to spread it.

With the proliferation of social media, “news” has taken a hit. Information can be found in just a few clicks. From video clips to pictures to information, anyone can do a quick Internet search for probably any topic possible and results will pop up. The problem is, not everything on the Internet is true, factual or frankly, realistic.

As someone who studied journalism, this is irritating. I recall getting an F on an assignment in the School of Journalism because I rounded a number incorrectly. The bottom line was that I put an error in fact in my article. So, it earned an F.

The world today though, is clearly not receiving or caring about its grade. People can say anything and claim it is fact when it should more appropriately be labeled as commentary, opinion, fantasy or downright propaganda.

Propaganda doesn’t always have to be fake though according to dictionary.com.

noun
1.

information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help orharm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.
2.

the deliberate spreading of such information, rumors, etc.
3.

the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization ormovement.
4.

Roman Catholic Church.

  1. a committee of cardinals, established in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV,having supervision over foreign missions and the training of priestsfor these missions.
  2. a school (College of Propaganda) established by Pope Urban VIIIfor the education of priests for foreign missions.
5.

Archaic. an organization or movement for the spreading of propaganda.
Long ago, it could have just been an organized movement to spread information on doctrines or principles. However, now, at least in my opinion, propaganda is more clearly defined as bad, negative and untrue.
Regardless of your political party, it should be hard to deny that there is a war of propaganda in the world. With a click of a button, fake news can be found everywhere and on every topic, and on both sides folks, it’s on both sides.
Of course, propaganda is not a new thing. Misinformation and deceit have been tools for those with shady goals from the start. It has been used in wars, used by dictators, used by armies and used by countries. It is a dangerous tool to create dissent, confusion and division…and it is working.
The country that I love so dearly is wounded. Our youth are surrounded by misinformation. With the risk of not discerning fact from fiction, our future seems uncertain. Especially when you throw in the multitude of other issues we are already forced to deal with: natural disasters, medical problems, crime, social inequalities….
With all of that going on, I worry that fake news/propaganda will be the straw that broke the camels back. I worry that our youth will be misinformed and led astray. (Heck, I am worried us adults have already been led astray.) I worry that if we do not stop creating division, we will falter.
Unity cannot be grown by division. Love cannot be spread through hate. Growth cannot occur through death. Hope cannot blossom out of despair. And freedom cannot reign under chaos. Even Abraham Lincoln realized that back in the 1800s…
lincoln
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For my Wednesday Word.
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Wednesday’s Word: Through


I believe words mean something. They have power. Words are what give us connection, empathy, passion and power. They help us understand one another.

In my efforts to start back on a blogging schedule and search the vast corners of the earth for more words that move me, I am going to start a Wednesday Word.

I will post a word, quote, phrase or who knows what else that moves me, inspires me, enrages me or more. I may comment on it. Or perhaps I will not. Feel free to share your thoughts on the topic too.

So here goes, the first Wednesday Word is:

“The best way out is always through.” ~ Robert Frost

 

This quote gives me hope. It reminds me that the only way I will end some pain, some sadness, some struggle is to work my way through it. If I stay consumed with whatever is holding me back, I will stay there. I will wallow in it. I allow myself to be the victim and my suffering/struggle/sadness will never end. Of course, not all problems can be “ended” completely. You cannot completely fix or end the grief of losing a loved one. You cannot cure a disabling injuring. You cannot undo abuses already put upon you. No, sadly nothing we can do can fix, end, or get us out of those past situations.

However, we have the power to get through them. We have the power to choose how we survive. We can lay down in defeat and let the world run us into the ground. We can keep being the victim. We can drink or drug ourselves into numbness. We can give up. But we can also choose more for ourselves. We can start a new day, each and every day. We can have hope. We can eat better, exercise more and think positive. We can be kind. We can make a plan to improve ourselves, our situations, or our responses. It may not be easy, but we can find a way through the bad and into a better place, a nicer place and into a new normal.

So work through your life, and you will find your way out and into the new light of hope, love and freedom from what holds you back.

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Dark days


everything you touch

tarnishes when brought to light

I miss decency

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Trance of Hate


He wakes up so angry

at those he does not know.

 

They haven’t done anything to him,

But still his hatred grows.

 

He thinks he’s somehow better,

than all not like him.

 

It’s a shame he cannot see

that he’s in a trance of sin.

 

Fight! Fight like hell.

But fight your hate inside.

 

Learn to see what you were told

Was nothing, but a bunch of lies.

 

No one is better

and no one is worse.

 

The hate you feel inside

is nothing but a curse.

Deep inside you want something

but hate can never fill.

Turn to God’s love and peace

and not your arrogant will.

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For the Daily Post ~ Trance.

Stop the hate. Learn to love. It feels better.