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The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words. 
~ Philip K. Dick

Since all people who will want something from you in life know this fact, learning the  techniques is a darn good idea, don't you think?

Otherwise, we may be, as G.Washington said, "led like sheep to the slaughter."
POETRY ASSIGNMENTS
CARL SANDBURG'S "CHICAGO" LINKS
NYT Article "Taming Sentences"
     - how diagramming sentences helps us in our daily lives - and how it can make us miserable!
Center for Industrial Progress
- Research website: pro-fossil fuels