Re: Extremism

From: Michael M. Butler (
Date: Sun Jan 07 2001 - 00:33:28 MST

Jerry Mitchell wrote:
> I don't think it
> cognitively efficient to use the word, meaning it doesn't add any useful
> information to what's being said (other then the fact that the person using
> the word thinks that what is being described is radically different from
> "their" ideas).
> I for one cant find a
> reason to keep this anti-word in our language. If someone can spot a real
> use for this concept, please let me know.

I think that if I can't use the word to talk to somebody who uses it,
that takes a powerful communication tool away from me. If I were to rant
to that person about the word being meaningless, how far do you think
I'd get in trying to communicate?

There is a real use for this word as long as people worth talking to use
it. I think Joe is worth talking to. And there is such a thing as
extreme inflexibility. Maybe *that* is what "extremism" is really about.
What do you make of that definition?

Just thinking here.


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