State must fight early childhood education cutsI happen to agree with the advocacy position taken in the Mercury editorial on early childhood education, and in the opinion piece by Dr. Phillip Pizzo on medical research. I do want to complain, however, about the headline writer's use of the word "must."
U.S. must not cut investment in medical research
In our political world, "must" doesn't actually apply. "Should," or "ought to" is a perfectly appropriate statement, but nothing in the world we create is preordained. There are no inevitabilities. Attention to the subtleties of our language is actually important. If things "must" be one way or the other, why should we all get involved? Furthermore, telling people what they "must" do is often offputting. If no law already exists, I don't think "must" is the right word.
Both editorial statements were urging action to accomplish a goal. And I am all for the goals and objectives being urged upon us. Let's not forget, though, that we "choose" our future. We create the world we most immediately inhabit. In our world, in the "political world" these statements were addressing, everything is "possible," and nothing "must" happen.
I think I feel the same way about should as you do about must...ReplyDelete