I am to write about a word. My opinion on a term we often hear today that has always meant fear and terror. A word that can change from group to group as peoples perceptions change of who they call terrorists.
The first people known as terrorists were the French government during the Reign of Terror. Today, some define terrorists as a group afflicting terror on innocent people; nevertheless, the term is so controversial there is no definite global definition. Terrorism is highly charged with emotion and wrapped around politics. It all boils down to perception.
This brings me to a view of my people, a Native American perception on terrorism. Generally speaking, we have been fighting terrorism since 1492 when we were innocently invaded and forced to assimilate. A perspective often forgot or ignored that fingers the US as terrorists on a symbolic level.
The phrase is also a play on words to get people thinking beyond the recent news alert they heard about some country pointing to some group as terrorists. Of course, there are political groups like Alcida that prey on innocent people to further their objectives but there are governments that use the term to their advantage too.
Words are a manmade creation that are ever changing in meaning and perception. Any given word can be perceived differently among groups depending on the angle they are coming from in their perception of reality. In addition, there are words that change meanings entirely through time. For instance, the word virgin at one point meant a woman that lived alone.
Words hold a lot of power. A good communication tool to have is to be able to acknowledge the perceptions of others. It helps us conduct all the relations we have in our steps through life.