Friday, March 10, 2006

It's not all in the name

I was reading an article from Jennifer Louden recently, where she commented on the names for … God, the divine being, Gaia….. and remarked that when she met this being she would first ask what happened to all the odd socks and then ask for the correct name. I suspect the answer would suggest that, we know this being, its existence and its reality. Why bother about a name so much? We humans need to have a name for things, and, I have been thinking, a lot of it is due to the need to communicate. Each language and each culture has a different name for horse, snow, beans – and so for the being. Fascinating stuff , language – and communication.
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