Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Marriage and other Words "Redefined"

In modern society the meaning of many words are constantly being re-framed and redefined. Some of this can be directly contributed to political correctness, a poison that has spread throughout our modern culture. Great power lies in how people perceive the meaning of a word or phrase. This is highlighted by the example of how years ago President Reagan renamed the then MX missile the "Peacemaker", this redefined the way people related and felt and it. Recently these forces have turned their sights on marriage, traditionally a union between a man and a woman.

The definition of marriage varies according to different cultures,the social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc.  but is usually an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged. Such a union is often formalized via a wedding ceremony. Many cultures limit marriage to two persons of the opposite sex, but some allow forms of polygamous marriage, and some recognize same-sex marriage. 
The marriage discussion comes on the back of redefining "wants into needs," we are now being told what people "deserve". When you tell me what people deserve I feel my stomach churn. For example all people deserve respect, give me a break, I take my fathers old school approach, respect is something you earn. It is ironic that many of those that constantly seek more justify their request because they feel they "deserve, " often fail to respect the source of what they are given. It might be noted that since they feel they "deserve" what they take, the need does not exist to be "thankful" in any way.

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