If there is one thing that can be said about progressives it is this – they are very disciplined about the vocabulary they use to discuss political issues. This discipline in the political arena filters to every other philosophical and theology area as well. They have been so successful in their construction and institutionalization of an allowable framework of terminology that we can barely even think of using a vocabulary outside of the predetermined categories embedded in our culture and delivered to us throughout the years of our secular public education.
If Catholics want to successfully inaugurate a political transformation, we must first spark a cultural transformation. And if we want to inaugurate a cultural transformation, Catholics must free themselves of the secular vocabulary we are shackled by and discipline ourselves to speak, think, act, and live as Catholics If the language we use to debate our secularist rivals is the very cultural linguistic framework they endorse, we have already lost the debate. We cannot allow those in error to set the terms of discussion.
I will confess that I have not practice what I am currently preaching, but there is no better time than now to begin a new dialectal discipline as we engage the surrounding culture.
Instead of rights we speak of duty.
Instead of license we speak of honor and shame.
Instead of liberty we speak of virtue.
Instead of freedom we speak of loyalty and allegiance.
Instead of “markets” we speak of family and community.
Instead of career we speak of craftsmanship.
Instead of secularism we speak of honoring Christ as King.
Instead of relationally stuttering dialogue we speak of conversion to Christ.
Instead of religion we speak of the Church.
Instead of academia we speak of the Magisterium.
Instead of sexual liberty we speak of marriage and the family.
If we want to transform the culture we must first transform ourselves, and in order to accomplish that we need to change the way we think and speak.
– Lucas G. Westman