Morphing: How Can We Transform the Old Meanings of Love and Compassion to a New 21st Century State of Understanding?

Updated on January 20, 2018
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Charmaine is a native of the East Coast of Australia who is a freelance writer and poet who loves the unexpectedness of the Divination Arts.

Morphing the Meaning of Compassion and Love
Morphing the Meaning of Compassion and Love | Source

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.

This is a later form of a pictogram. It is the Egyptian Heiroglyphics style of communication.
This is a later form of a pictogram. It is the Egyptian Heiroglyphics style of communication. | Source

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 us little girls making up our own language and falling down on the ground laughing.
I remember us little girls making up our own language and falling down on the ground laughing. | Source

I Remember….

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…

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: -

  • Staleness
  • Outdated
  • Overused
  • Uninspiring
  • Religiosity
  • 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
  • Lenient
  • Benevolent
  • Good will
  • Helpfulness
  • Harmlessness
  • Warm-hearted
  • Consideration
  • Understanding
  • Responsiveness
  • Humaneness


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
  • Obsessiveness
  • Possessiveness
  • Enslavement
  • Treacherous
  • Controlling
  • Lying

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
  • Tenderness
  • Benevolence
  • Compatibility
  • Understanding
  • Loyalty
  • Admiration
  • Sentimentality

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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    • threekeys profile imageAUTHOR


      5 months ago from Australia

      A thought provoking reply Elijah. I will have to go away and think about what you have said.

      Making judgements is not fair to anyone and it can come from a myopic stance. However, until someone can find another way, I think we will all be guilty of using that mode of reference. We just have to be mindful in how we go about it.

      When we know better, we do better or differently. I am still a working progress That is, what living is about, together with leaving a constructive footprint rather than a destructive footprint. Although in nature, she requires both dynamics to bring about change.

      All the best to you Elijah. Have a wonderful, safe day.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      5 months ago from Washington DC

      Theekeys, to the extent you took them I agree with you. However, once I embarked my journey to comprehend life from somewhere deep within me arouse the definitions I use for those words, like "Love aka Indifference" you may have read in reply to one of Eric's postings, and cause me to much of the time to include my definitions for them. Because of that I simply use and define such words.

      Love aka Indifference

      By Elijah Alfred "NatureBoy" Alexander, Jr.

      Love, a word which cannot be defined,

      not what you do but a frame of mind;

      yet it does create an effect

      few are ever able to reject.

      It does not build empires by setting boundary lines,

      neither does it stake out claiming things as mine.

      It's not selfish to any at all,

      not to rich nor poor, nor great nor small.

      It's not bias in any light,

      not to red nor yellow nor black nor white;

      but it does make every living thing your brother,

      spirit your father and the earth your nursing mother.

      As the above poem's title suggests, I define love as being in a place between opposites which also redefines "indifference" to not mean "I do not care" into "I neither love nor hate you but respect you because you (anything) are."

      "Compassion" falls into a similar category. I define that term as "I see your need (not want) and am doing what I can to alleviate your condition" although it may sometimes be doing no thing I can do.

      Modern definitions appear to have come from the "me, my and I" mentality where one has "tunnel vision" except for what they want individually which MAY include family. I believe it is because of my "Ecological Living" that these definitions have surfaced in me and is becoming a part of my communicating.

      Take the terms "evening" and "morning" which has become redefined today. Evening's prefix "eve" means "that which comes before" and would make morning's prefix "morn" to mean "of". If the words were still used in relation to one of the major times of a day "ing" would mean "time," thus, "evening" means "the time preceding light" and "morning" means "time of light."

      So, I believe once our mentalities make us an equal to the earth's living entities we will bring forth "Zeroversal" (universal) definitions and eliminate "judgmental adjectives" and, as we embrace everything on earth as family, rather than loving we would be "in the difference (of love and hate)" and, when we saw a need, we could provide for all other life what we can with "compassion".


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