Seventeenth century philosopher Thomas Hobbes said that words are wise men's counters, but they are the money of fools. That is as painfully true today as it was four centuries ago. Using words as vehicles to try to convey your meaning is very different from taking words so literally that the words use you and confuse you.
Are you a photographer? Do you like to take photos when you travel, maybe at airports? How about airplanes? Marvels of technical achievement, they inspire awe, and some photographers like to take their pictures. The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a beautiful machine, amazingly graceful despite its size. It looks good in a picture.
In a piece I just penned about assaults on Austrian pro-lifers, I mentioned the very bizarre Museum of Abortion and Contraception in Vienna. It is a macabre place “cataloguing a history of human effort through the ages devoted to suppressing or destroying the next generation of human life in the womb,” as the pro-life LifeSiteNews.com put it.
Sometimes, a person will go so far to defend himself from a claim that he is, let us say, a vegetarian, that he will leave people with the impression that he is a closet cannibal. That may explain, to some extent, why Senator John F. Kennedy's speech before the Greater Houston Ministerial Association on September 12, 1960 left some devout Catholics feeling that Kennedy was less a Catholic than a borderline apostate. Yet the speech helped persuade many Protestant Americans, both lay and clergy, that it was safe to elect, for the first time in American history, a Roman Catholic as President of the United States.