How To Defeat the Two Strongholds of This World

They are the media and the lexicon. And both infiltrate our thoughts. 


“The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

2 Corinthians 10:4

There are 2 strongholds in the world: media and language.

These are the inescapable strongholds of this world. Inescapable.

And then they feed off each other. The media influences the language we think and therefore talk about. And what we talk about is the media.

Like a flood, let’s wash these strongholds away with an open mind of relativism.

Well, not completely away; these principalities are here to stay.

They are important because our thoughts involve language, but to what degree does language influence our thoughts?

The Degree to Which Language Influences Thought

3 hypotheses – all differing by the degree to which language influences thought. We have:

  1. Linguistic determinism – our thoughts are solely influenced by language
  2. Linguistic relativity – some, but not all, our thoughts are influenced by language
  3. Language of thought‘ theories (LOTH) – private thought does not depend on language at all

Linguistic determinism and linguistic relativity form the basis of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis. The hypothesis is that thought is formed in a spectrum of influence from language. Linguistic determinism is at one end of the spectrum whereas linguistic relativity is at the other end. LOTH theories exist on a whole other spectrum which centres around public language not being essential to private thought.

Now that we got the boring theory out of the way, let’s destroy these principalities, shall we?

Absolutism is the Language of These Principalities

Social media shows us more of what we want to see.

And this, our go-to news source, is inevitably biased.

Humans are habitual and keep returning for more despite its consequences.

The consequence is simple – we become absolutists as we restrict our free thinking to one way of thinking. This is what the media stronghold does to us as it shapes the way we think. So how exactly does it shape thought?

Through its intimacy with the modern-day lexicon (i.e. language).

Now humans are wheeling on the route to absolute thinking – the opposite of the free-thinker.

How does the media, specifically social media, accomplish this?

It’s curated to be an echo chamber of an ideology we subscribe to. As we scroll and watch and scroll and watch we unknowingly become its victim. With each subsequent scroll, we become evermore entrenched in the echo chamber.

Now our thinking is an absolute illusion – black and white in a world that is full of grey.

Our Minds Are Shaped By Language

There is a tribe in the Amazon who do not have words for specific numbers.

Imagine a world without 1, 2, and 3. To them, there are 3 numbers: one, a couple, and many. They have different minds than you and me.

The average Westerner is unaware of how language shapes their mind.

Part of our brain thinks in the language we were raised to speak. Therefore, our culture plays a role in how we think. If you’re raised a fisherman you’ll think about the water differently than a farmer.

Culture influences language which influences our minds.

It also works in reverse.

Our minds produce language, which feeds back to the culture.

Now who are the minds that run the media machine?

Who knows?

Back then it might’ve been solely the government, corporations, and lobbyists for mainstream news outlets and newspapers.

Now with the rise of alternatives, it is probably Joe Rogan. But seriously, anyone could be their own media outlet.

If you’re a consumer, chances are one of these groups or people have taken up real estate in your mind like a puppeteer. I’d like to believe we remain fully autonomous and free. However, what we consume is still in control of at least some of our strings.

To hell with this principality! But I’d still like to know what is going on in the world.

Maybe I could have the best of both worlds?

  • To know what is going on.
  • And to not take it as absolute truth and adopt a relativistic mindset – the hallmark of a conscious consumer.

Conscious Consumption And Relativism

“The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

2 Corinthians 10:4

What are our weapons in this fight against strongholds? Ephesians 6:13 says they are:

The helmet of salvation, the sword of the spirit, the shield of faith, the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, and feet fitted with readiness.

Apostle Paul wrote this at a time when people wore armour.

The weapon we now have to combat the media stronghold we face is the mindset of relativism and the open mind to accept those in our opposition.

This is an understanding that the culture you grew up and find yourself in dictates the language of your thoughts. Now this fact isn’t exclusive to you but is inescapable for every beautiful, unique soul on this planet. With the mindset of relativism, you understand that the world is not absolute. Therefore, it is by knowing that the media is all relative and opinion-based, that we become conscious consumers of the world.

The spirit on the other hand has one truth not subject to opinion: love.

We know evil because it is an absence of love. We know wrong because it is the absence of right. To that, lead a life of love because that’s what we’re meant to do.

C.S Lewis says that God exists because everyone has a baseline morality installed into their being.

We only see evil in this world because we’ve forgotten that.

We’ve fallen into the distraction of the world’s tallest strongholds: the media and the lexicon.

It’s time to wash them away with open-mindedness and relativistic thinking.

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