Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Definition From Webster’s Dictionary

by Dee Newman

I am more than pleased to admit that the following Webster’s definition, in part, describes who I am, or at the very least, who I want to be:
– adjective (a word that qualifies or describes a noun) 
1. Possessing or manifesting a free and generous heart; bountiful.
2. Appropriate or fitting for a broad and enlightened mind.
3. Free from narrowness, bigotry or bondage to authority or creed.

– noun (a word used as the name of a particular person, place or thing) 
Any person who advocates liberty of thought, speech and/or action.
Personally, I believe that most loving, kind, compassionate, understanding, fearless and sane human beings would be honored to be identified by the above description.

However, over the last 30 to 40 years the word ‘liberal’ has been so corrupted and sullied (especially on conservative talk radio and Fox News) that many who once were proud to call themselves 'Liberals' cower under the malicious assault. Not me!

Those who have abused and discredited the meaning of the word 'liberal' with their outlandish, offensive and provocative accusations are the ones who need to cringe in disgrace for their dishonorable motives and behavior.

Words have import. They signify and give meaning to objects, places and ideas. If we are ever going to be able to communicate with one another successfully, words must be respectfully used and used correctly.

*Bob, thanks for the suggestion.


marlu said...

Thank you a wonderful description of what has happened to the word, liberal!

I am still proud to be one.

Stickup Artist said...

That is so true! But I will join Marlu up there and also proudly claim myself to be one!

mythopolis said...

Yes, for sure. I am all that too. And an atheist to boot. Scarlet letters....