Once upon a time it was a compliment to tell someone they were discriminating. It was a sign of your wise and careful attention to detail in matters. It would be considered wise to ask the advice of a friend who was considered to be discriminating when buying or acquiring anything. A friend who could tell good wool from shoddy was a friend indeed.
Today discrimination is a bad word – no, it’s wrong to be discriminating, unless you add the word ‘positive’ to it. ‘Positive discrimination’ is a false dawn for those who seek equality, because it simply awards the job (or the payout) to the biggest whiner. Quality is sacrificed in favour of a numbers game – we must have so many of this race and that, never mind if they can do the job.
We have lost our way as a result of cultural Marxism. Up is down. Ignorance is strength. That kind of thing.
You know I like words, so let’s take a look at the word ‘discriminate’ – here’s the word origin: [my emphasis added]
Word Origin and History for discriminate
v. 1620s, from Latin discriminatus, past participle of discriminare “to divide, separate,” from discrimen (genitive discriminis) “interval, distinction, difference,” derived noun from discernere (see discern ). The adverse (usually racial) sense is first recorded 1866, American English. Positive sense remains in discriminating. Related: Discriminated. Also used 17c. and after as an adjective meaning “distinct.”
So in 1866, someone decided that discriminating was bad, yet the root of the word is the same as the root of discern! It is not a bad thing to discern! Marx was active in 1866, so we shouldn’t be surprised at the usurping of this important word. In fact the correct word which should have been used is ‘prejudiced’ – that is the right word to use to show you are selecting on the basis of type and not of merit, yet the word which means ‘discern, distinguish and observe difference’ is blackened as meaning the same, when it does not. Cultural Marxism is designed to change language to render it political dynamite. It’s been very successful, and we must resist it. The aim of course is to remove all distinctions, and certainly ALL right to discern against something you don’t like, or think is not good. The modern dictionary definition is this: [my emphasis added]
verb (used without object), discriminated, discriminating.
1. to make a distinction in favor of or against a person or thing on the basis of the group, class, or category to which the person or thing belongs rather than according to actual merit; show partiality:
The new law discriminates against foreigners. He discriminates in favor of his relatives.
2. to note or observe a difference; distinguish accurately:
to discriminate between things.
verb (used with object), discriminated, discriminating.
3. to make or constitute a distinction in or between; differentiate:
a mark that discriminates the original from the copy.
4. to note or distinguish as different:
He can discriminate minute variations in tone.
5. marked by discrimination; making or evidencing nice distinctions:
discriminate people; discriminate judgments.
Distinguish accurately – nope they don’t want us doing that! How interesting that the word ‘indiscriminate’ still has negative connotations, but the word discriminate has them too.
I am a discriminating person. I am the person you want to take with you on that trip to the charity shop, because I will find the stain on that coat you’re looking to buy, or I’ll notice the tear in the lining. I’m the one you want with you when you buy china, as I’m the one who will spot the little fault in the glaze, or the slight difference in shade between batches. I am proud to be discriminating. However, I am also discriminating with people too – I choose my friends carefully. Not as a prejudiced person – not on the basis of their skin colour, or on the basis of their nationality – but on the basis of their attitudes, beliefs and lifestyle. How long will it be before that too is considered negative?
Let’s reclaim this word before it’s too late!
God Bless you