There are a number of writing projects that I am working on currently, ever aiming to add new material to all of my blogs, as well as working on book material. I have been inspired recently by  comments people have made on various topics, possible subjects for a number of potential posts.

Except what I’m realising is that all of these potential posts essentially boil down to one theme, the theme that I began the week with and that is how I claim to be a channel and the mechanics, if you like, behind that. The impetus was in response to a post I wrote  on my other blog IshaiyaFreshlySqueezed called ‘Know Yourelf’. A fellow blogger and friend Makagutu had posed the question whether mine and his views of time were in fact the same or not.

It started a thought process in my head that I have been musing over all week. I wanted to give him a quick response to his question, but realised that I couldn’t without needing to give proper explanation. So I thought I would reserve it for my next blog post. Except that every time I have sat down to write it, I have found myself following a different thread of experience and memory in relation to any ability that I may now have.

So in keeping with that theme I have been getting to know myself quite a bit better this week, at least in terms of defining what it is I know about myself. Then this morning I responded to a very interesting post I was reading on davisbrotherlylove (thank you for the inspiration Jack!), about the definition of mental health. It occurred to me that the piece I’m working on is essentially about ‘definition’ and exactly what that means to me personally, but also how that is understood socially and how I may or may not fit into that. The real question then is : How do I define the term ‘definition’, what does it mean to me?

It feels like I’m being somewhat facetious, but I know it’s going to be a worthy subject to write about. I’d also be interested to know your own thoughts on that term. How do you relate to the concept of definition, how would you define yourself, and how do you react to other people’s definition of you? I find this is particularly chewy food for thought. After all it is the impetus behind everything we do is it not?

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    1. Haha, watch a word ninja at work! No really,any linguistic study is essentially a study of semantics particularly at the socio-political level, and that is precisely the point that I will be demonstrating in the piece I’m working on. Not everybody is interested in taking the time to analyse the language they use and the meanings inferred, so snap judgements are made – enter enraged turtle [stage left]. It is my intention then to provide some clarity, and perhaps an alternative way of looking at communication.

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  1. Thank you for the mention, Maria, I’m honored.

    Defining the term ‘definition’: hmmmm. That’s a good one. In body building, definition means that one muscle or muscle group is visibly distinguished from another (from what I hear). So one definition would be distinguishing one thing from another.

    Another approach would be to consider the word ‘definition’ as being a term describing the meaning or significance of something. Every organism faces an environment chock full of meaning. For example, to photo tropic plants, the sun means ‘food’.

    But what I think you want to know about ‘definition’ in terms of agreement among conscious individuals about what something means. This is clear in legal contracts where terms are set out in the beginning.

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    1. Thank you for commenting Jack. It is precisely this level of ambiguity that fascinates me with language, and the way in which anyone can talk about things, circumstances, identities, facts as being somehow fixed and indeed definite because they or someone else qualifies them with the meanings they attach to them. Like my good friend John cautioned semantics plays a big role, in that it is pre-requisite that both parties involved in a verbal exchange is in agreement to one extent or another as to meanings, social/cultural references etc. If not, then this is where explanation ensues. Verbal language is not an exact science and is as transient and malleable, and as clear more often than not, as mud as we say over here in the UK.

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      1. That is the great thing about experience. The more one experiences, the more one can draw on them to imbue meaning. This is how good prose and poetry derives its power. The reader is a participant and uses the work as a stage for his or her own interpretation.

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