The words we use to describe our world influences our experience in it. When someone wants to manipulate you one of the first things they might do is get you to change the way you describe things in your everyday life. One example that applies to the workplace is when Administration became Human Resources. People were equated to things like water, or power. Things to be used to achieve a goal. Unfortunately it is the nature of humans to misuse resources. A piece of firewood doesn’t care if you use it up, and equating a human to something like that allows you to distance yourself from the humanity of an employee. Resources are meant to be used up and discarded. It’s a toxic way of thinking. Also, not to derail my point to far, but calling things toxic is also new language. In the past I might have said harmful, but toxicity implies a poisonous nature; inherent danger. Someone else might have simply used the word because it is fashionable, but since I am aware of these sorts of tactics I’m also aware of them working on me. Which is to say you might not always trust me too. Anyway, I started working in the years just after administration became human resources and watched things deteriorate further and further. Big business has rarely been in the habit of taking care of the nameless cogs who make the money for it, but over time the care taken has fluctuated. We are living in a time where a lot of lip service is paid to the value of human life, while in practice it is treated as cheap and replaceable. Businesses that treat employees suffer from more internal theft and damage because people can tell when the command structure doesn’t care what happens to them. That kind of cancerous treatment infects all parts of society as it spreads from business to business. it leaves us, essentially, where we are right now. Unfortunately the change is going to have to come from the top down with companies who are run by people who aren’t ruled by the love of wealth and power. That is going to be the fundamental stumbling block for change. We live in a time when people with wealth and power feel invincible and immortal. They don’t worry about what will happen when the coffin lid closes. It is my opinion that a person should try to live in some level of service to their fellow man. According to the gifts he, or she, has. I make funny stories on the internet to try and ease the daily suffering of others. I do it as cheaply as possible so it can help as many people as possible. Which is why my patreon gives everyone the same stuff regardless of the pledge level. People are still very generous though. I like to think that it’s because they think I’m worth more than the dollar I ask for rather than out of pity. I’m not sure I want to know the actual truth though. XD
Anyway, be wary of people who want to change how you speak. They rarely do it out of a desire to benefit others. They want to control how you think. Resist.