Morphing: How Can We Transform the Old Meanings of Love and Compassion to a New 21st Century State of Understanding?
What Is Language?
All plants, animals and humans have their own style and means for relaying needs and wants.
Conversation involves the use of symbols that are either objects or sounds that are used to convey a meaning that is given to them by other users.
In the human language, words can either affect a person minimally, averagely or so powerfully that humans will risk their own life or the lives of others.
Language Changes When Society or Historical Perspectives Alters
The human language has been seen to alter as the social or historical platforms evolve. For instance, cool or hip slang words your Grandparents or Parents used would differ to one another and now differ to what cool slang words you use. For example, the word bum would be considered to be the rear end portion of one’s body by your Grandparents. While to your parents, the word bum, would refer to an unemployed surfie who is unreliable and only up for a good time. Bum, to you, may refer to a person who has had no opportunities or luck in life and is now forced to be homeless and living on the streets.
How and Where Did Language Begin?
Language wasn’t always about words. Writing systems began as a picture/drawing system (pictogram) where small common pictures were used to describe a series of ideas. Pictograms conveyed a general idea that contrasts to the preciseness that the modern writing system can offer.
The very first letter form of writing began in the area of modern day Iraq. Here, the Sumerian and Babylonian civilizations created the cuneiform writing system which was a tallying system developed for commercial trade purposes. Later on, the tallying cuneiform system allowed language (written and verbal) to develop so that men, women and children could continue to be social whether that was connecting for lower or higher purposes.
Language is A Cooperative Institution
Language is described as being an institution of which hundreds of generation and numerous individuals have worked upon.
Language not only allows us to communicate and be social with one another but it also enables us to express our individuality.
Language can support or detract from the spread of ideas. Therefore, language is an important contributor to culture.
Is Your Vocabulary Working for You?
Are you guilty of using words that are felt to have outgrown their once upon a time meaning?
Are you realizing that you need new meanings for certain words? You are not alone.
I remember as a 5-year-old, my girlfriend and I used to love making up our own language. It was gibberish to others but to us it was absolute fun. We had to think and create on the spot. It was a hilarious rollercoaster ride of improvisation. Often falling onto the ground in tears of laughter.
Right now, I feel the meanings of the words love and compassion have been outgrown; and they are words I am ambivalent about.
Once upon a time, I could see love and compassion manifest in my everyday life. Now? It’s been so long since I have seen or experienced love and compassion in my life, that these words have gone to the world of ether. It isn’t to say, I haven’t reflected upon love and compassion, desired love and compassion but these two meanings have been elusively felt as a one-day life expectancy of a butterfly for some time.
The Personal Meaning of Compassion
More often than not when the words of compassion are written or spoken: -
I see blackness
I feel constricted and tense
I hear the word cruelty
I sense I am touching a cold sheet of metallic silver
My present connections to the word compassion now more often takes on these meanings: -
- Domination and Control under the guise of “for your own good”
- Power differential that brings two people together of both high and low societal status
Morphing A New Meaning to the Word Compassion
I will now consciously choose to speak or write the word tender or tender-hearted to replace the word compassion because when I think of the word tender or tender-hearted it brings alive these meanings to my mind: -
- Soft hued
- Good will
The Personal Meaning of Love
The second word I have grown to detest is the word love.
I know I am still writing this word and therefore am hypocritical but change is on the way.
The word love is felt to be contrite. The word love is connected with cruelty, paedophilia, domination, control, conditional and manipulative giving together with giving away one’s validity through expression of one’s vulnerability.
More often than not when I see the word love written or spoken: -
I see red
I feel nauseous and bitter
I hear I want to dominate and control you
I sense underlying hate rather than love
My present connections to the word love now more often takes on these meanings: -
- Love hate
- Love sickness
Morphing A New Meaning to the Word Love
I will now consciously choose to speak or write the word like to replace the word love as the word like brings alive these meanings to me: -
- Mutual affection
This is my trail of attempting to move beyond my personal limitations and the limitations imposed upon me by others.
The words tender or tender-hearted will now replace the word and meaning attached to compassion. And the word like will replace the word love.
Are there any words you feel you need to morph to move beyond where you are at?
Peace to You.
Morphing new meanings to words I value
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