Some Defining Fun

Hello folks!

So during our discussion today when we were trying to answer the questions “What brings people together?” and “What binds people together,” I was thinking about how helpful it would be if I had the definitions of the words ‘bring‘ and ‘bind‘ right in front of me. Even if I had looked them up in class, we would not have had enough time to really analyze them because there was a lot of other good stuff being thrown around. So for this kind of scattered blog post, I am going to attach the links to the google definition of each word.

Before I leave you all to your own interpretations of the definitions, I want to point out a couple of things that I think are important when considering the distinctions between the words. First off, there are A TON of definitions/interpretations for each word (by that I mean a lot more than the typical two or three that Google generally offers) – (also, make sure to hit the downward arrow to see all of the definitions). But because there are so many definitions of these short and seemingly simple words, it’s no wonder why we all had such varying interpretations of them and could apply them to so many different situations. Stay tuned to see how this relates to anything I’m talking about:

The second thing I would like to point out is the eighth bullet under bring. It states: “[to] force oneself to do something unpleasant or distressing.” I just think this is interesting because I, and I think other people in the class too, judging by our discussion, associate the word force with binding rather than bringing.

Furthermore, in most cases the definitions of bind use language to suggest that the action of binding is a somewhat harsher action than bringing. Even the first word of each definition is more… intense? (not sure if this is the best word here but I’m going with it) than the words used to define bring.

I suppose the purpose of those two last points is to highlight that the both/and is everywhere. (If you haven’t heard Beth use the both/and yet, you will. I promise.) To relate this back to the original question, people can both be brought together by force, and bound together by force. I don’t know if that really clears anything up at all… but basically what I am saying is that the both/and structure shows us that things that we see as similar/the same can in fact be very different, and things that we see as different/opposite can in fact be very similar. I think that this idea is going to be super relevant looking forward, as it’s already showed up in our conversation today. I mean, even if my rant above didn’t make any sense, there were still certain examples that some people gave in class today that were written under both columns on the board.

Hopefully I did something helpful on this post, even if it was just breaking the ice as the first post this semester.

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