Anybody who knows more than one language and has been asked to translate from one language to another, or has even just asked someone, “How do you say this in X language?” has either answered the request or encountered the response, “You can’t really say that in X.”
Stop the presses! Breaking news! This just in! Rich Guy Doesn’t Believe in “Redistribution” of Wealth. “I’ve already got enough,” he says.
This is one of a series of chapters from the book in progress: Advice for Stupid Criminals: A textbook from the school for the lack-witted scofflaw, the scoundrelly, the scandalous, the scabrous, the senseless, the villainous, the wicked, the just downright criminal, and the all-around bad-guy.
Aristotle once said, "Speak so that I may see you," and like it or not, fair or not, we are judged according to how we use language -- increasingly, nowadays, how we write. That's why using what is called "correct" grammar is important in our business and social lives.
Interpreting the meaning of a Biblical passage is like uncovering the mystery in a 'whodunit.' The process of understanding can entail triangulating different passages, tracking down clues, interviewing different "witnesses."
what does it mean to "anthropomorphize" -- that is, to see elements of our human selves in nature? Is it a bad thing?