Words are powerful.
They can create worlds or destroy them in a moment.
Yet, they don’t have meaning in themselves.
We give them their meaning.
Too often, we believe for the meaning we give to a world to be objective and absolute.
We assume that the person on the other side of our conversation, while using that word, sees the same world.
But is it the same?
A few days ago, I asked a group to share the meaning of a word they had been discussing for a while. From a group of about a dozen people, I collect a dozen different definitions.
How often do we do that in conversations?
And maybe we end up fighting just because we use the same word with different meanings?
By exploring the meaning of words, we can tune in to someone else world.