Spiritual Semantics

October 15, 2014 4:25 PM

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Spiritual Semantics

We've all heard the cliché that Eskimos have 40 words for the word snow: the density of the snow; if it's wet or dry; if it's currently falling or already on the ground, etc. I don't know if that's really true or not but it brings up an interesting point: There are some words in the English language that, after spoken, take some clarification. How about the word "cousin"? If you are talking about your cousin to someone, the talk can then go to what gender the cousin is, and if he or she is on your mother's side or your father's side and then even further like "She's my mother's brother's daughter." Is it just me or does it seem odd to you that we don't have a specific word for your father's sister's son?

What happens when we start to talk about an intangible like the word "God"? You could say that word to someone and that person would not have the slightest clue as to your real intent. Religious tradition might make you think of a judgmental, bearded man in the clouds or of some other deity. I perso...

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