a response to a request for clarity….


Isn’t this a call to arms for lawyers and epistomological analysts ?

If, as I do, I accept the premise that there is a need to ‘make it clear’ (as you have apparently put it), I must first define the key elements of the proposition and assess what “make” is, what “things” are and finally what “clear”. In addressing the first leg of the treble, “make” in other words is to construct, to assemble, to do things in order to create or enable something to be formed or otherwise. I note in passing that we are talking about “make” as an active verb and not “made” in the passive form. Thus, it should be obvious from the initial “let’s” that it is directed at second or third persons from the first person and is not describing actions or movements initiated and possibly completed by persons often unknown in the third person.

So far so good.

But by way of clear, there poses interesting dilemmas and challenges. For the uninitiated, ‘clear’ might suggest ‘colourless’ which, in the context of a happy, animated, jovial, smile-filled and typically Shvets-like discussion is not the effect that is necessarily desired. In eliminating ‘colourless’ from our verbal palate, the dilemma we are then faced with is whether ‘clear’ is “le mot juste” (as the French would say) or whether we should look to substitute a word of equal meaning but is less ambiguous. When looking at a thesaurus, it is noticeable that a possible substitute word may be found in “apparent”. However, on reflection, the use of ‘apparent’ gives rise to similar difficulties encountered with ‘clear’ in that it may be apparent to some that apparently there may be ambiguity despite an attempt to clarify by alternative substitution.

So, in brief and in conclusion, it is therefore apparent that ‘let’s make it clear’ can be construed in its simplest form as a declaratory statement made from the first person to unnamed second and third persons (depending on the environs and the context – each to their own) to construct objects (tangible and intangible), concepts (real or abstract), thoughts (real or imaginary), arguments, premises, statements, sentences and related items in a transparent, non-reflective, simple, plain, uncomplicated manner.

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TI is based in Auckland, New Zealand. TI's somewhat eclectic interests include (but are certainly not limited to) legal humour (the law can be funny), good wine, the search for the best possible chocolate, alcoholic beverages, travel, commercial aircraft, photography, weird news stories and classical music.
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