As we discussed in class, we are all guilty of a reliance on "they." "They say it's going to rain today," or "they say jogging every day is good for you," is acceptable every day language. We heed these words as if we have any idea just who "they" represents. The problem with this is that we don't know who "they" are. This proverbial speech has no identity. As Heidegger would put it, it is something everyone says but no one says, all at once. This inevitably leads to mediocrity because they never discuss anything profound. Never have I heard on of these statements predict Armageddon or discuss the parameters of justice. Surely claims such as this would have a specific author; an individual is responsible for this type of thought. In other words, they are limited to things upon which everyone agrees. This causes what Heidegger calls a "leveling down," to the least common intellectual denominator. The anonymous nature of "they" ultimately leads to unaccountability as well as ephemeral and, what Heidegger would consider, unimportant information, therefore limiting us as individuals.
So why do we invest in such language? Why are we drawn in by this indefinable concept? Heidegger even argues that we lose ourselves in the "they." It would seem that we are all guilty of this by convenience. We run towards the "they" like herded sheep because it is easy. And the ultimate irony is that we can never be they. So why do we listen?