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Why We Support General Semantics: An Open Letter to ISGS Members

Academic journal article et Cetera

Why We Support General Semantics: An Open Letter to ISGS Members

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Why We Support General Semantics: An Open Letter to ISGS Members

Dear Fellow Member of ISGS:

People with a common goal created our Society in 1943 and members keep it alive today because of their mutual interests and a belief that general semantics helps make this a better world. Members write and edit ETC, serve on the board, and ensure that ISGS continues to fulfill its educational mission through membership dues, annual contributions, and generous donations.

Until recently, a very few ISGS members made regular large donations which enabled us to meet expenses. This has stopped (I will elaborate below). If the Society is to stay alive, we must change from a Society funded principally by a few to one funded by many. ISGS needs your financial support.

I know from your phone calls, letters, and e-mails how highly you value your membership in the general semantics community. In GS, we have a system that helps people manage problems through teachable, practical methods: observation, reason, and language that more accurately maps the territory.

We have heard of appalling school violence that sometimes erupts after cruel name-calling and pejorative labeling. What if students had learned that it is we who give words the power to hurt, that words in themselves have no power? View the news today and you will see just how much the world needs better communication, thinking, conflict resolution, etc.

I've heard people say, "Why didn't I learn about GS at college?" "Why didn't I know about general semantics years ago?" Do you wish your children, friends, parents, and colleagues knew about these invaluable techniques?

Because you feel that general semantics gave you tools for a better life, you will want to give something back, keep GS alive, help others learn about these unique benefits. What better gift, than to give others a means for improving their lives? You can do this quietly, without making speeches or winning arguments. …

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