“Faith” is a word that Christians throw around to cover all sorts of different situations — they must have 7 different uses of that word. It is a comfort word for Christians — it is a holy signal. Likewise, many Buddhists use the word “mindfulness” similarly. Both words have a sanctimonious sense that allows the believer to use the word to say whatever they want. Sly little words. These cloaks of invisibility allow people to hide from scrutiny.
“Research” has a bit of this quality among people who value science. ‘Believers’ say “research shows us” ….. but offer no references. They assume that once the holy word “research” is said, that all heads will bow and eyes will close (Christian allusion) or, if put in Buddhist terms, all spines will straighten and eyes will lower to a downward gaze. 🙂
We should challenge sanctimonious language. Nothing is sacred in that it is closed to discussion or to approach. Do not let the cloak of sanctity stop dialogue and escape scrutiny. Using loaded words to sanctify thought and close down conversation should not be tolerated and all of us should try to avoid such practices. Sure it feels great as an in-crowd rallying word — it builds a sense of security and strength, but such security is deceptive.