Sunday, February 01, 2009

True Names

I read once about a tribe that believes that if you know a thing’s true name, you have power over it. They never tell anyone their true name. They all have another name that they use in public. In some ways, I think they are right. If you know an animal’s scientific name, for example, you can get a lot of information on it. You can find out where it lives, what it eats, and its expected lifespan, how to trap and kill it or how to help it flourish. If you know a plant’s scientific name, you can find out if it is nutritious or poisonous and how to get it to grow or wipe it out. When you know what something is called, you can find out anything that anybody has ever found out and written about it, not just what you are able to observe yourself, so you do have more information.

Doing the Right Thing
and Achieving All Your Goals at the Same Time


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