Short Story: “Peace Initiative” August 10, 2007Posted by gznork26 in Fiction, Politics, Short Stories.
Tags: activist, governance, linguistics, peace, protest, warfare, Whorf Hypothesis
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What do you see when you read the bumper sticker, “Visualize World Peace”? (This is part of a series related to my novel, “Burnout Fever”, which is available for the Nook reader and app. Catch up from the links listed here or here.”)
Part 2 of a series
By P. Orin Zack
“The what hypothesis?” Melissa Fox held up her hand to halt the whispered verbal avalanche she’d unleashed. It was her second visit with the folks of Constitutional Evolution, an activist group that was exploring ways to improve the processes of governance.
Derek Boa chuckled. “Whorf. No, not the Klingon from Star Trek. Benjamin Whorf. Chemical Engineer studying linguistics in the 1930s. Anyway, the point is that if there aren’t words for something, you can’t think about it, much less talk about it.”
She nodded, and brushed a loop of blond hair from her face. “Like in ‘1984’. Well, it was making a silly picture in my head, you know.” (more…)