Rhetoric. One of the definitions, found at dictionary.com, is “the undue use of exaggeration or display.”
This morning, I was listening to a radio station and they have a “rhetoric meter.” Whenever the dj says something “inappropriate,” the rhetoric meter comes on and gives the level of rhetoric measured from 1 to 10 with 10 being the most rhetoric.
I found it rather comical as the meter would interrupt the dj to give him his rhetoric level over and over again. Then I wondered how different we might all be if we had internal rhetoric meters.
One for gossiping, one for judgment, one for jokes, one for flattery, etc.
The internal meter could give us an electrical jolt — the more rhetoric, the more of a jolt one would get.
Yes, I know. Someone has to evaluate what is considered rhetoric and the different levels.
Perhaps it would take a lot of the “fluff” in our talk away and make us more real. Or perhaps we just need to listen to the Holy Spirit when He speaks to our heart.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29