A word that’s rarely used in conversation, but one that has a great influence on the direction our conversations should take. What is love? What is lust? What is life? Who is man? What is a job? What is work? What is a relationship? What is marriage? What is religion? What is moderation? Who am I? Who is God? Does He exist? Why was I made? How much time do I have? What is music? How should it be done? What is friendship? Who is an acquaintance?
Semantics is the study of the meaning of words and phrases or simply the meaning of a word. So when an individual lives life as it comes, it simply means he hasn’t defined who he is, or his purpose for being. When a marriage breaks up, it means one or both of the people in it didn’t have a definition for marriage in the first place. A relationship has a definition ideally that takes a certain amount of maturity to indulge in, but realistically 12, 13 year old children are involved in them. It requires time to nurture and should include certain terms stated at the beginning to guide it, but those are more often than not bypassed nowadays. Someone decides to be a musician without caring to go into the history of music or honing themselves with the necessary skills involved in it.
But then in this world where everything gets updated in real-time, traditional definitions aren’t the norm any longer. This leads to a lot of misunderstandings. In a traditional context, a fellow can say to his friend “I love you” maybe for a favour rendered, but informal contemporary language would require him to include the phrase “no homo”. “I love you” has always been an ambiguous term but now the word “love” is sometimes used to mean “lust”. Subsequently even when communication appears transparent, the reaction of both parties occasionally conflict each other. This obviously is because both parties had different definitions of the keyword(s).
I believe the point of this has been passed to you. Before you commit to something, try to define it properly and know what it entails. For example in an election, one is to get information on as many candidates as they can, evaluate them, and then choose one based on their ability rather than their popularity. Ideally that is what is entailed of every voter in a democratic situation. In getting a job, one shouldn’t just see the short-term benefits, but also the long-term benefits as every job has an effect on one’s lifelong career. If you are the traditional type, realise your definitions are outdated to a lot of people and as an “updated” person, realise the exception demands some people are still traditional. Words weigh a ton, pick them wisely having in mind not everyone would interpret it the same way. Bless!
Originally posted on Facebook on February 20, 2011
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