We appear to live life on our outside, exposed to everyone, because ‘on the surface’ is where others see us – listen to us.
How much of that is real, truthful and ‘complete’ and within our control?
That is debatable …
Just because we talk about something doesn’t mean that defines us, any more than not-talking about some integral part of our experience fails to define us.
We know this word definition. Our language’s word for meaning.
Look up any word in any dictionary, or plug it into your search engine – you’ll find its definition. Several, or many. Now look up your own name. Or someone else’s. You’ll find many things – some self-creations, some by others. Is any of that a definition of you?
Not in the sense that someone named Webster or Roget might have imagined – but in ‘today-think’, perhaps you have. We are not self-defined by what we’ve done, what we’ve said and what’s been said or written about us – but we are often defined that way by others.
We should aspire to a better definition. While we are the sum of our parts – that isn’t the same as ‘the sum of certain parts taken out of context’.
Definition has meaning too, but does meaning have definition? Of course it does, because every dictionary contains the word, but what is meaning, what does meaning mean? Meaning wafts through a room on a breeze, or it hits you on the head with a thud you won’t forget. Definition takes time. Meaning, takes thirty seconds.
Actions have meaning, cannot be changed.
Any position can be retreated from, but likely won’t change the meaning.
written / published from Calgary, AB
morning walk with Gusta: 11C/51F, clear, light breeze – Gusta unhappy that I slept in … but she got bonus distance to make up for my sluggish start; sauntering on streets without traffic, without lawnmowers whining, what a wonderful start to Saturday …