Thursday, August 16, 2007

WORDS: And their relationship to the homosexual choice!

I am told that words have meaning. Language is designed or has developed with that understanding. I understand that to mean when we originate a word (not just use a word) that it has a definitional purpose.

Take the words natural and unnatural for example.
natural - nat·u·ral [nach-er-uhl, nach-ruhl] – adjective
  1. existing in or formed by nature (opposed to artificial): a natural bridge.
  2. based on the state of things in nature; constituted by nature: Growth is a natural process.
This word tells me historically there was a universal belief in the existence of something we referred to as nature. Nested in that belief was the understanding that some things existed naturally or that they were constituted by or out of the natural process.

The word nature would also be important to understand.

nature – na·ture [ney-cher] - noun
  1. the material world, esp. as surrounding humankind and existing independently of human activities.
  2. the natural world as it exists without human beings or civilization.
  3. the elements of the natural world, as mountains, trees, animals, or rivers.
  4. natural scenery.
  5. the universe, with all its phenomena.
  6. the sum total of the forces at work throughout the universe.
  7. reality, as distinguished from any effect of art: a portrait true to nature.
  8. the particular combination of qualities belonging to a person, animal, thing, or class by birth, origin, or constitution; native or inherent character: human nature.
  9. the instincts or inherent tendencies directing conduct: a man of good nature.
  10. character, kind, or sort: two books of the same nature.
  11. characteristic disposition; temperament: a self-willed nature; an evil nature.
  12. the original, natural, uncivilized condition of humankind.
  13. the biological functions or the urges to satisfy their requirements.
I've included the long version of this definition so you can work your way through its meaning.
unnatural - un·nat·u·ral [uhn-nach-er-uhl, -nach-ruhl] – adjective
  1. contrary to the laws or course of nature.
  2. at variance with the character or nature of a person, animal, or plant.
  3. at variance with what is normal or to be expected
Word smiths are going to have to give us some new natural science definitions if we as a culture continue on this path or relativism.

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