Food for thought: Do words mean anything?

With the advent of Newspeak, a.k.a. political correctness, it is becoming more and more difficult to have an intelligent public discussion where everyone can agree on the meaning of words.

Take the words “legal”, “human”, “genocide” and “holocaust”, for instance.

And take a moment to reflect upon these “words” as juxtaposed in the previous sentence…

According to Wikipedia, the systematic extermination of 11 million Europeans considered as non or sub “human” by the Nazi regime between 1941 and 1945 was a “holocaust”.

In the pragmatic minds of the perpetrators, this was no “genocide”, it was “legal”, and it was the law in Naziland.

 Romani children in Auschwitz, victims of medical experiments

Romani children in Auschwitz, victims of medical experiments. Source: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

According to the 20th Century Democide website, 262 million people have been murdered by their own governments over the course of the 20th Century as the State decided who had a right to live and who did not, who was “human” and who was not.

No thought of “genocide” or “holocaust” entered the pragmatic minds of the enforcers of the “law” of the land.


According to the Guttmacher Institute, 53 million “legal” abortions were performed in the United States from 1973 through 2011.

This is not considered to be a “holocaust” — since 1973 (Roe v. Wade decision of the U.S. Supreme Court), in the United States, it is the State that decides at which point an unborn child is to be considered “human”. It is the law of the Homeland.


Is mankind attempting to play God when it endeavours to decide who is human and who is not?

“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:17, KJV)

I would contend that the Bible refers to spiritual death, but who am I to interpret the Bible?

And by the way, Why will the media show dead Syrian children but not aborted babies?, I wonder…

Henri T. RiderInBlack

About Henri Thibodeau

Freelance writer and translator based in Quebec, Canada.
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