[image align=”right”]http://www.mattmaiorana.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Screen-shot-2011-01-08-at-5.05.26-PM.png[/image]Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 17 others were shot this morning in Arizona. Among those already listed as dead are a 9-year-old child and a federal judge. The shooter is in custody. Gabrielle was holding a “Congress on your Corner” event. I can’t help but wonder if today will be remembered in the same way
These are the mechanisms of domination and opression. Violence isn’t just physical. Violence is the exertion of unwanted power. It exists in everything we do and allows for the acquisition of power, which enables the ability to control.
Words give meaning. The way we use and understand language is what creates the reality we live in. Language isn’t static. We interpret everything we hear, construct the reality being described to us in our own terms. We think in language. Words and language mediate existence. They stand between what is and what we understand.