How many wars have we waged on words?
The war on drugs.
The war on poverty.
The war on obesity.
The war on terror.
None of them have been particularly victorious.
- We have greater drug use now than ever.
- 43 million Americans are on some form of government sustenance.
- More than 63 percent of Americans are overweight.
- Bombs are still going off all around the world, just not here.
One thing we are learning, is that you can’t fight a word.
But I’m guilty of the same thing.
I’ve fought wars on fat, on cynicism, on depression. I’ve fought wars on anger, lust and dishonesty.
I lost everyone of them. Sure, I would win battles for a while, achieving a sense of victory. But then the smugness would prevail and the true man would come through and I would find myself right back to where I started.
You cannot fight a war on a word, because you never really know the enemy. It’s an elusive target, undefined and fuzzy.
I think I need a different approach. What do you think?