Question of the day.

What’s the most difficult thing to define?

My answer:

Just very recently it struck me again how difficult a concept to define is self, and how ideas about what it is may vary depending on loads of things. Another such thing that also got me thinking a while back is consciousness. We talk so much in psychology and even in normal conversations about conscious, subconscious, unconscious, but it seems difficult to clearly define all that. Another such thing is pain, since there are multiple kinds of pains, and even within the same kind of pain everyone will experience it at least somewhat differently, and describe it differently as well, and we don’t even know how different these experiences are one from each other as there’s no objective way of experiencing or even measuring someone’s pain. There are all those adjectives to help describe it, like sharp, dull, pulsating, burning etc. etc. but I guess sometimes they may contribute to the confusion even more so, because what one person would describe as dull, another might not, even if the feeling is more or less the same. Oh, and it’s interesting with love, but not exactly because it’s hard to define in itself, but because so many languages lack words to describe all the different kinds of love you might feel. Like, I don’t get it, all Indoeuropean languages have taken so much from Greek, yet while there are multiple words for different kinds of love in the Ancient Greek language, I don’t know of any other European language that has that sort of distinction. And we were talking with my Mum a while back how it probably contributes to why so many people have trouble with this word and its understanding.

What’s such a thing that comes to your mind? ๐Ÿ™‚

6 thoughts on “Question of the day.”

  1. In a world where so many people are fighting for the one right answer, it muddles all definitions. I find that it’s important to listen to my heart in solitude to find my definitions and to enter the world without expectation for understanding from others.

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  2. Yeah, totally about the pain, right? ๐Ÿ˜€ Like when I was in the hospital recently! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Hmm… hard to define… I think karma is hard to define. Supposedly there’s good karma and bad karma, like rewards versus punishments, I think? But I think the term itself isn’t supposed to be associated with good or bad, but more neutral, but no one ever uses the term neutrally! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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    1. Oh indeed, your case only proves how difficult pain is to define! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Yeah, I guess a lot of Eastern philosophy/spirituality terms and concepts are misunderstood outside of where they originate, and thus may be difficult to define.

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