Monday, 18 September 2017
In the English language we have words for the study of life (biology) and the study of the mind (psychology) but we have no words for the study of imagination or the study of love.
This betrays a bias towards science and left-brain rational thinking.
This reflects a worldview which devalues right-brain imaginative thinking and emotion.
Love, of course, is not exactly an emotion but it is something that we feel rather than something that we think.
So how are we in the West to relate to God, who acts symbolically and who is Love?
We need new words to describe this experience.
The recent invention semiotics (the study of symbols) is a start.
But for words for love we must look to the Greek language which has several words for different kinds of love.
Love, of course, is the mustard seed of the Bible which is the tiniest seed but grows to be the largest bush.
This means that it is something that is regarded of little value by the world but grows to be the most important thing of all in life.
My word for the study of love is amorology.
So now we can at least think it.
Our journey begins here.
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