Definitions Matter

Definitions Matter: Rights

  You’re in a conversation and someone start talking about rights: “human rights,” “women’s rights,” “gay rights,” “trans rights,” or maybe they refer to things like healthcare, income, or a job as “rights.”   What would you say?   Definitions matter. In conversations, we often find ourselves using the same vocabulary as others, but not

Definitions Matter: Tolerance

  You’re in a conversation and someone calls you “intolerant,” not because you are being cruel or harsh but only because you disagree. It’s clear that their understanding of “tolerance” and your understanding of “tolerance” are very different things.   What would you say?   Definitions matter. In conversations with others, we often find ourselves

Definitions Matter: Truth

  You’re in a conversation with someone about “truth,” but you get the sense that what they mean by “truth” and what you mean by “truth” are not the same thing.   What would you say?   Definitions matter. In conversations with others, we’ll often find that we are using the same vocabulary, but not

Definitions Matter: Freedom

  You’re in a conversation about freedom, but quickly get the sense that not everyone in the conversation is using the word in the same way. You’re both using the word “freedom” but mean completely different things by it.   What would you say?   Definitions matter. For a good conversation to even be possible,

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