In the book The Permanent Revolution, Alan Hirsch references a work by William Ocasio in which he describes the Columbia space shuttle disaster. On February 1, 2003, when Columbia reentered the Earth’s atmosphere, it disintegrated and killed all seven crew members. In analyzing the disaster, Ocasio realized that the problem was ultimately not about individual errors but instead about language.
Hirsch describes it when he writes, “Essentially a vocabulary of organizing plays a significant role in determining what practices will be considered normative and what practices are literally unheard of. Thus, the linguistic categories that an organization uses can shape how it conceives of core tasks.”
Because of a problem of language, the Columbia space shuttle disaster happened. There was a lacking in categories and vocabularies and articulation, which left NASA blind to the problems they faced.
How often does the message of the Gospel encounter this same problem?