You may be wondering why I have a page about the joy of vegan living on my language website. Here is a part of my answer. (I will talk in more detail about this big topic by and by.) I believe that language, perception, the stories we tell ourselves in order to cope with life, and therefore how we behave and act are all intricately connected. We use language in order to perceive the world inside and around us and language is in turn formed by what we experience and perceive inside and around us. This is a very complicated dance. I love studying this dance. That’s one of the reasons why I am a philologist.

I also believe that all earthlings are compassionate, loving beings at heart but that cultural traditions, conditioning, and trauma often disconnect and alienate us from our heart, ourselves, and our compassion, and then lead us to act in ways that are not in alignment with our compassionate nature.
And I believe that holistic language study and text analysis (which are only truly possible if you understand syntax) can help us understand how language affects us and shapes our stories, minds, and actions. And these studies can also help us understand how language either alienates us from ourselves, our core values, and others, or how it can be used to reconnect us.

Understanding how we think and feel and why we behave and act the way we do and how the language we use or that others use on us affects us is not only important but it’s a human right and a civic duty of all who want to vote.

I am on a mission to make the world safe for holistic grammar, compassionate teaching, and compassionate veganism. For me, they are connected. Follow my YouTube channel and Insty account for more on this topic. 

So far I have written one essay about this topic. The essay is written in German because it is based on two animal rights talks that I gave, one at RWTH Aachen University  and one at The University of Innsbruck. If you want to book me for a talk, please contact me via email at  friderike(at)joy-of-syntax.com.

Since the essay is written in German, I’ll now add the German book blurb:

Sprache ist so viel mächtiger als wir denken. Wir werden in sie hineingeboren und sie formt unsere Wahrnehmung, unser Fühlen und Denken und dadurch unser Handeln. Wir haben die Wahl: entweder wir bleiben im Strom des automatischen Sprachgebrauchs und erlauben der Sprache, die uns umgibt, uns zu kontrollieren, oder wir lernen zu verstehen, wie Sprache wirkt und was sie mit uns macht und wählen dann bewusst Sprachstrukturen und Worte, die uns helfen zu wissen, was wir wirklich spüren und wie wir handeln und in Beziehung treten wollen.
Der Zusammenhang zwischen Sprache, Wahrnehmen, Fühlen, Denken und Handeln ist eigentlich kein Geheimnis und das Wissen darüber wird seit langem von vielen Menschen gezielt eingesetzt. Und trotzdem vergessen wir im Alltag oft, wie mächtig Sprache wirklich ist. In diesem Essay zeige ich mit Hilfe von einfachen und konkreten Wort-, Satz- und Textbeispielen ganz genau, wie die Macht der Sprache im Alltag funktioniert und was dieses Thema mit Tieren und Tierrechten und unserem Verhalten Tieren gegenüber zu tun hat.

Das wunderschöne Cover wurde von Jen Barbato (http://www.jenbarbato.com) gemacht. Ich bin ihr sehr dankbar.      

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