The unanswered questions, the sighs and shaken heads, these moments when we run out of air are the times for beginning, the times to breathe in a new horizon.
I lose my breath quite frequently, mostly because I don’t run often enough. But also because I become exasperated with the world we live in. Yet somehow I can hope to make a difference, or at least that’s what I’ve been told, by simply writing something about it.
As I start on this blogging adventure I am exasperated already because I always said I wouldn’t be another one of the thousands upon thousands of people to do this, to send words out into cyberspace, yet here I am. My hope is that by reading the things I publish here, at least one person can benefit from the daily lessons I am learning from my peers and my surroundings.
Below is what I have set up as an explanation for what this blog is about, but know that it will probably shift often and subtlely because the world does too; and this blog is to be a reflection and a question of the world we live in as I search for another world above, within, and around our own – a kingdom of the Most High.
Oh, and thanks for reading :]
late 14c., “setting of boundaries,” from O.Fr. definicion, from L.definitionem, noun of action from definire. In logic, meaning “act of stating what something means” is from 1640s; meaning “a statement of the essential nature of something”
definition (ˌdɛfɪˈnɪʃən) — n.
1. a formal and concise statement of the meaning of a word, phrase, etc
2. the act of defining a word, phrase, etc
3. specification of the essential properties of something, or of the criteria which uniquely identify it
4. the act of making clear or definite
5. the state or condition of being clearly defined or definite
6. a measure of the clarity of an optical, photographic, or television image as characterized by its sharpness and contrast
Above are the origin and dictionary definition of the word definition itself. Yes, only a word nerd like myself would think of looking up such a thing, but you must admit it is intersting to consider. What is even more interesting is when we start to think of language, communication, and culture as things that are all confined and understood by the way we define them. As you can see in the very origin of the word, definitions 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 so new it requires leaving behind the definitions you’ve been taught for years.
Ok have I lost you yet? It is definitely a lot to wrap your mind around. Let’s try an example. How do you define the word love? What does it mean to you? Does it fit what the dictionary says that love is:
1. a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
2. a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection,
as for a parent, child, or friend.
3. sexual passion or desire.
Personally, that isn’t how I define love, or at least not how I understand it. But that is a conclusion that required going to the boundaries, beyond the definitions and understandings I was given by the culture around me to redefine the word for myself.
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 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. Anyone who wants to join me is welcome.
… and feel free to ask questions, it makes my job easier :]