Definitions, definitions, it’s all definitions

Posted on July 12, 2010
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The more I focus on definitions, the more I realize how integral they are to any sense of self and identity a person has. We define everything to not only explain everything, but also provide structure and environment for ourselves, to create a sense of place in the universe, little realizing just how constructed all of it is. Truth seems to be that the majority of definitions used were created by someone else, and there’s a kind of blind adherence to these definitions, without really questioning them. Maybe it’s the belief that “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” I see the belief as being one of the primary blockers of innovation change.

“You’re reinventing the wheel.” I’ve heard that one a number of times because I decided I’d question definitions. At least it is MY wheel.

Definitions seem to be integral to magical activity and theory as well. And I’m not talking about trotting out the rather tired definition of magic that Crowley belched out years and years ago. I’m talking instead of the realization that definition is an integral key for providing the framework through which an action can occur. No definition and you don’t have an action, because there is an absence of environment for that action to occur in. Definitions provide structure, environment, a call to action. But they provide more than that as well. They provide insight into the unconscious, into the deepest layers of a person, and what makes that person tick. Definitions are the basis by which we make sense of reality.

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