How complex words are,
how complex our minds ;
how complex reality really is !
Schizophrenic Words ,
Skunk Words ,
Janus Words ,
Auto- antagonistic Words,
Paradoxes and Oxymorons ,
and Euphemisms :
What shape- changers our thoughts are ,
that create such words !
And so one reflects on the nature of Janus words ,
and what they shows us about our own thought- processes ,
and how conflicted we can be !
I think it is time to add to the list of Janus words,
Those two- faced words that with no help whatsoever
From syntax , meaning morphing from one form of speech to another,
Or from adjuncts like prepositions ,
Can still mean two exactly opposite things
Within the same form
Such that sometimes even the context remains ambiguous .
I think it is time to add to the list of Janus words
That you can find all over the Internet
Like Cleave , and Bolt , and Trip , and Fast , and Dust and Weather .
Take Civilization, for example.
Europe laboured for a long time under the delusion
that what it was taking to other continents of the world
was Civilization ,
When in fact it was the exact opposite :
It was Barbarism and Savagery :
It was the destruction of older and wiser Civilizations.
So Civilization turned Janus under Colonialism and became Barbarism as well .
You could say Civilization in this sense is a Euphemism for Barbarism,
but I say Civilisation remains Civilization still in a positive concept in cultured minds ,
so it’s a Janus word when it comes to colonised nations :
there it means the Destruction of Civilization , too.
Or take Development .
What is Development ?
Development once meant betterment of ways of living
And in some contexts it still does
But see how it changes
For others :
Urbanisation , industrialisation, mining
Spread of pollution
Destruction of fields and forests ,
mountains and rivers ,
Extinction of whole species , of many tribes
To fill the pockets of a chosen few.
Development today means
Exploitation of Nature ,
distancing of Man from Nature ,
Westerinsation or Europeanisation
of more sustainable ways of live,
destruction of communities and families
foisted upon the looted nations by the Bretton Woods Institutions,
through unrepayable loans.
Development remains Development still
For old coloniser nations
But Development now means Ruination as well , and Pauperisation.
One could go on and on
About how Information
now also means Misinformation
How Truth now also means
Alternative Truth or Post Truth,
How News now means
Anything but the News as well,
How whenever America says
it wants to establish Peace somewhere
As , say, in Afghanistan or Iraq or Syria,
It means it will fight bloody wars there :
So Peace now also means War.
Or when America says
It wants to establish Democracy in a country,
What it really does is
To set up its own favoured Dictatorship there.
There are hundreds of such words today ,
These examples just come mind , instantly.
Euphemisms or Janus words ?
You decide for yourself.