Why Definitions?


late 14c., “setting of boundaries,” from O.Fr. definition, from L. definitionem, noun of action from definite. In logic, meaning “act of stating what something means: is from 16402; meaning “a statement of the essential nature of something”

I like to think of language, communication, and culture as things that are all confined and understood by the way we define them. Definitions themselves set boundaries. Boundaries most often confine things, but they also leave room for movement beyond when one is willing to cross the line that has been drawn. Being on the boundary of something means you are on the crux of a revolution, and it requires leaving behind the definitions you’ve been taught for years.

boundary : definitions is a blog about going beyond basic understandings. It is a commentary on culture, on life, on relationships, and on the definitions we live our life inside of. As a Christian, this blog is also a collection of my observations about how all these definitions do or do not fit the definition of life we should follow under Jesus Christ and the Bible’s guidance. Since the beginning of Christianity, it has been a religion that didn’t match the definitions of the cultures around it. Which means it must be somewhere on the boundaries, and that’s where I want to be too.

“Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.” – Toni Morrison

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