A Rose By Any Other Name…

It seems to me that commonplace things like gender and sex have been upended. But, that was not where this relativistic use of terms began. Many terms have turned into “what they mean to me,” rather than what they actually mean. This makes for a confusing dialogue. Today, I’d like to see how we can come to agreement on the meaning of words and what that would do for our society.

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

-William Shakespeare

“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far to better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.”

-Carl Jung

Liberal and Conservative: These words have become tied to parties that are rarely aligned with what these mean. Now, it is true that there are plenty of liberals in the Democrat Party and conservatives in the Republican Party. However, the words liberal and conservative have lost their meaning by being tied to a party that does not hold to what the words actually mean.

Capitalism and Socialism: The systems we think of as Capitalist and Socialist are rarely a truly pure system. Furthermore, they are often misunderstood entirely. Capitalism is not the banks running the government through a reserve system. Socialism isn’t just sharing. They have definitions, and understanding these would drive down animus a lot.

Christian: What it means to be a Christian, like any other faith, is to believe certain things. Now, it seems that thinking Jesus was a cool dude, who maybe existed, qualifies one as Christian. There can be differences among Christians, but there are essential Truths that must be there to be a Christian faith.

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