Language, culture, and religion are inextricably intertwined. Consider the word prophet. Being monolingual, i can have no idea how the word will be translated, so if you take offence at a translated version of this, you're just wanting to be offended.

In trying to get a sense of the word in order to explain it, i have to refer to the Old Testament. But i do not know if the English word is used for more than one Hebrew word.

Then, it appears that there is an implicit rule that it is only to be used in line with the Hebrew usage. This rule is making a false use of our language: it is virtue signaling.

With the freedom obtained by discarding this rule, the names Jonathan Swift, Francis Bacon, and Charles Dickens come to mind. I claim the right to call these men prophets.

The thought which follows, is that of who the prophets of our present day are. Who has captured the imagination of significant portions of the public, and have shown no inclination to run with their money? In effect, to build a fortress and carry on like it is the end of the world?

As running with the money is an option at any point in a man's life, we can only know at the end of it whether he stuck to his principles. One thing we can be sure of is that a prophet is not a martyr.

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