Confusion in language

I read the following paragraph just now about how the term equality has come to mean so many different things because people have generalized the word beyond its proper meaning. I like what Elisabeth Elliot said about this all too common problem in our speech . . .

“Confusion of language is a symptom of confusion of thought. Sexual mores are up for grabs because nobody takes moral absolutes seriously anymore. The confusion that results is represented in vocabulary. A perfectly good political term like equality  is applied to everybody, regardless of whether the context is political or not. Gradually the word comes to mean “worth just as much as,” or “deserving,” or even simply “human.”


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