What does the phrase "to care at all about our use of words" mean here exactly?
"If we are to care at all about our use of words, the ‘state of nature’ ought to denote either that condition to which men are for the most part brought through the exercise of all the natural appetites and powers, or else that most perfect condition to which men can rise by the most sagacious use of all their powers and faculties, a use that seems to be enjoined by the innate desire for the greatest happiness and by whatever benevolent and kind affections that may be natural to man."
- Land-sharkLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
It means if the way we use words in a social context or academic sense matters to us. To put it bluntly, some people are too ill-educated to understand that the way we use words to communicate with others is very important and has consequences.