Food for Thought: What Do Words Mean? June 19, 2019

Food for Thought: What Do Words Mean? June 19, 2019

Our mid-week services are designed for open discussion among a group of people with diverse philosophies and beliefs. These are the notes from those meetings, and reflect the desire to explore thought within and outside the Christian tradition. They do not represent official doctrine, but a willingness to explore our shared humanity. As such, they are somewhat incomplete without the experience of actual discussions. We post them here for the sake of those who would like to have them but cannot always make it out to a mid-week service.

Please note that we will be having our monthly potluck next week on July 26th, a time to eat and spend some time together.

Reference was made to this article by Isaac Asimov, entitled the “Relativity of Wrong.”

What do Words Mean?

Love.    How do we know what love is?

Do we need more precision? (It was mentioned that Greek has five words, and our word can reference anything from hot dogs to mothers!)

Is a precise definition in terms of chemical and electric responses in the brain enough to define it? Why do we seem to believe that it is something more? Is that a delusion?

For that matter, what about other emotions? Are these the result of the evolutionary need for survival and nothing more?

 “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ― Dr. Seuss

 “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” –MLK

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” –Elie Weisel

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Lao Tzu



What would a definition of truth look like? Would it fill an entire book or set of books? Would that be enough?  

 What are we looking for when we search for truth? Would we know it if we came upon it?

  Haven’t we known it in portions at least before? How did we know?

What is meant by “my truth”? Is that an altogether bad idea? Is that an altogether good idea?

“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.”  ― George Carlin

 “The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing and should therefore be treated with great caution.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” ― Joe Klaas, Twelve Steps to Happiness

 “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”  ― Mahatma Gandhi

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