Monday, March 5, 2012

But marriage isn't in the Constitution

Yes, I know. Almost everything and the kitchen sink isn't in there also.

We're free to define words legally and culturally. We define and redefine words merging concepts and leaving behind old definitions, while rolling of the eyes when we see them in historic context.

As human beings with languange, we're free to make up words and change their meaning. Yes, I acknowledge that freedom.

The question isn't that we are not free to redefine words, like marriage, but rather is it a good idea to do so. Do we have any obligation to the language we speak, and the meaning of words we create?

In law, we debate what words mean all the time. We reassign meaning to them. Today corporations and PACs, are treated as equally as individuals in the name of political speech under the 1st Amendment. And strangely somehow the death penalty isn't cruel, under the 8th Amendment. (I oppose both Super PACs and the death penalty.)

I've seen legal cases determining what's a sandwich? Why is a burrito not a sandwich, but a grilled wrap one?

Before we had a word like marriage, as homosapiens, males began to stick around beyond the conjugal act. Males began to have the ability to be useful to females, when females became mothers.

In this change of behavior, we began to evolve not just as habitual bipeds primates, but we began to evolve into what we call now a society. We created a culture complex, yet woven.

The thread has been unraveling, more then we want to admit.

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