“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.”
Socrates (470 – 399 B.C.)
At this time we have entered the Knowledge Era.
Knowledge and wisdom are synonymous.
The ability to learn effectively is a vital component if you are to be super-successful in this amazing, demanding new era.
As Socrates stated almost 2,500 years ago, “The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” This one phrase establishes the single most important aspect of study, teaching, self-growth, and acquiring effective knowledge.
It is the failure to define terms that has destroyed and is destroying the education systems of the world; the work forces of the world; the marriages of the world, and the friendships of the world.
Failed or misdefined terms eliminate Love and replace it with Hate.
Love requires closeness to. Total Love is defined as being at one with.
Thus, when you fail to define something, you create distance between yourself and that which you failed to define.
Hate could be defined as distance from. Total Hate is total distance from or opposition to.
With too many failures to define, you will end up hating life.
If you cannot define a term you cannot evaluate its importance. It cannot be conceptualized, thus you cannot be it, you cannot get into action in relation to it, nor can you have, produce, or achieve your desired wants in the area. Worse, it causes you to obsessively and unknowingly create an unknown identity to handle the area.
More simply: If you can’t define it, you can’t have it.
KNOWLEDGE: n. 1. The state or fact of comprehending something. 2. Familiarity, awareness, or understanding. 3. The totality or scope of what has been perceived, discovered, learned, or inferred. 4. Specific information about something.
Knowledge is the awareness of the interactions and interdependence of the correct and exact who, what, where, when, why, how, mood, and consequences of those interactions and interdependences. It is the correctly evaluated, fully owned result of accurate perception. Knowledge is always demonstrated by application and the degree of competence in the area. Refusal or reluctance to apply, or a lack of application or competence in an area means the area is not fully known.
WISDOM: n. 1. Understanding of what is true, right, or lasting. 2. Common sense; good judgment. 3. Scholarly learning; knowledge.
DEFINE: v. 1. To state the precise meaning of (a word). 2. To describe the basic qualities of. 3. To delineate. 4. To specify distinctly; fix definitely.
DEFINITION: n. 1a. The act of defining a word, phrase, or term. 1b. The statement of the meaning of a word, phrase, or term. 2. The act of making clear and distinct. 3. A determining of outline, extent, or limits.
TERM: n. 1a. A limited period of time. b. A space of time assigned a person to serve: a six-year term as senator. c. A period when a school or a court is in session. 2a. A point of time beginning or ending a period. b. A deadline, as for making a payment. c. The end of a normal gestation period. 3. Law. a. A fixed period of time during which an estate may be held. b. The estate to be granted. c. A period of time allowed a debtor to meet an obligation. 4a. A word having a precise meaning; especially, one that is part of the jargon of a particular group or activity: a medical term. b. Plural. Language or manner of expression employed: he spoke in no uncertain terms. 5. Plural. a. Conditions or stipulations that define the nature and limits of an agreement: peace terms. b. The relation between two persons or groups; footing. Preceded by on: on speaking terms. 6. Mathematics. a. Each of the quantities composing a ratio or a fraction or forming a series. b. Each of the quantities connected by addition or subtraction signs in an equation; member. 7. Logic. Each of the two concepts being compared or related to a proposition; specifically, each of the words or phrases constituting the ‘subject’ and the ‘predicate.’ 8. A statue of Terminus, the Roman god of boundaries, rising from a square tapering pillar, sometimes marking a boundary.
–See Synonyms at period. —bring to terms. To force to submit or agree. —come to terms. To reach an agreement. —reduce to its lowest terms. To put in its simplest form. —terms of reference. 1. The points a committee is charged to decide. 2. The factors defining the scope of an inquiry. —tr.v. termed, terming, terms. To designate; to call. [Middle English terme, from Old French, from Latin, terminus, boundary line, boundary, limit. —termly. adv. term. 1. terminal. 2. termination.
When you fail to define, or misdefine a term, you become less than the term; you diminish your awareness, power, strength, cleverness, and abilities. You lower your mood level in the area, you violate your integrity, your honor, your level of honesty, and worst of all, you violate your truth in the area.
This destroys your self-respect, your self-worth, and your ability to hold a position.
Extremely savage penalties for so simple an action.
You destroy your love and respect of yourself every time you do not define a term you do not comprehend.
Only you know whether you know, thus only you can maintain personal integrity on yourself. YOU know!!
Do yourself a huge favor: define the terms. Become Wise and Knowledgeable.