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Our Culture, and Language, Are Degenerating

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About Richard Larsen

AP award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, Idaho, and is a graduate of Idaho State University with a BA in Political Science and History and former member of the Idaho State Journal Editorial Board. He can be reached at [email protected]


  1. Wonderful piece Richard! First I am compelled to break out the dictionary to be certain what some of your words actually mean.

    There is a verse in the song “Jonestown” by Concrete Blonde;

    “…they don’t know where to turn to
    they don’t know where to go.
    Unless you tell them what to think
    they don’t know what they know.”

    We live in a time of mass communication unlike any ever seen before. Verbal communication is the primary connecting device between humans and, physical appearances not withstanding, perhaps the most effective tool humans use to judge each other.

    I think at some level our subconscious understands this. We do our best to use this connection to impress those around us to our own advantage (we hope). But we start off as children who know nothing and we grow up not really learning much more unless we apply ourselves to be more educated. Those things we do learn are often what we have been taught as definitive or even absolute – but they are not necessarily our own convictions. I believe many people never really go thru the process of finding out what they truly believe. They continue to just accept what they are told as their convictions. These are the Lost Brains and they are left with an unresolved insecurity that presents itself every time they speak.

    It isn’t that people are not intelligent. Most of them are. But they are also lazy! They often don’t even know what the words they are uttering actually mean. But apparently, it is too much trouble to find out what they mean. Then in the moment of discussion it’s too late to investigate. Sorta like the old Leaky Roof syndrome where it don’t leak less it’sa rainin’ and when it’sa rainin’ y’all cain’t git on the roof ta fix it!

    My two cents; I probably could have summarized all of this into a simple sentence; the socially oriented individual human is consummately insecure among his peers!

    Thanks Richard!