Words Have Power

Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.”

As one of the winners of the “Here’s Where It Gets Crazy” sweepstakes, I received an advance copy of Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know.  The book has been interesting. #STDWYTK

One of the interesting things for me is some of the WORDS they have used in their stories of conspiracy theories.

For example, Obfuscate, Prevaricate, Omission, and Commission.

In their first story “Your Government is Lying to You”

For many folks watching the news, reading social media, or speaking with their loved ones, hearing something described as a conspiracy theory automatically detracts from the credibility of the claims. This is both convenient and dangerous. Of course, the world would be a simpler, possibly happier place if just calling something untrue made it so. But that is not the world we live in.

The book explores genuine conspiracies and the theories that spring from them.

It states:

Why do so many government-related conspiracy theories seem plausible? Because the US government has actively, provably lied about its actions in the past. If it actually did that, the argument goes, why couldn’t it do this? The simplicity of this logic is intoxicating because the undeniable reality of our world is that governments lie.  They obfuscate. They prevaricate. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live, the collection of bureaucrats, administrators, and pollical leaders who make up your country’s government has deceived you in the past and are almost certainly deceiving you in some way right now – whether by omission or by commission.

So, let’s break down these words.

Obfuscate

To render obscure, unclear, or unintelligible.

Similar: confuse, blur, muddle, jumble, complicate, garble, muddy, cloud  

What does it mean to obfuscate the truth?  Some people are experts at obfuscating the truth by being evasive, unclear, or obscure in the telling of the facts. The people who are good at obfuscating would include defense lawyers and teenagers asked about their plans for Saturday night.

Prevaricate

To speak or act in an evasive way.

Similar: be evasive, beat around the bush, hedge, fence, shilly-shally, shuffle

Some common synonyms of prevaricate are equivocate, fib, lie, and palter. While all these words mean “to tell an untruth,” Prevaricate softens the bluntness of a lie by implying quibbling or confusing the issue.

Omission

A person or thing that has been left out or excluded.

Similar: deletion, cut, exclusion, gap, blank, oversight

What are acts of omission?  An act that was pre-agreed but failed to act upon. More so when there was a duty to the individual or the public with the said act. Omissions are more common than thought in legal disputes yet are not something typically associated with crime.

Commission

An instruction, command, or duty is given to a person or group of people.

Similar: task, employment, job, work, piece of work, project, mission

What does it mean to commission something or someone?  The act of committing or entrusting a person, group, etc., with supervisory power or authority. an authoritative order, charge, or direction. The authority granted for a particular action or function. a document granting such authority.

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