Is everyone familiar with the term “metonymy”?
I use it in regard to “weighted relationships” between nouns such that the term “rape” calls also to mind “force” and that concept is reinforced in turn by its (potentially statistical) relationship with dominance and humiliation.
IF “Zaani” is intended to reference forced sexual submission (“rape”) but most closely relates to “adultery” and “fornication” (social conditions, not individual experiential concerns), it may then absent — with consequent legal and social realities congruent with this hypothesis — the consideration of humiliation, i.e., the erasure or taking of the victim’s dignity.
From the above, there may open a great conversation about the absence or centrality of the concept “dignity of man” — of each member of family, clan, tribe, and nation — as embedded in each of the world’s separable languages.
“Kavod HaBriyot” seems to be the Hebrew term — it’s new to me — but with the “People of the Book” recognized elsewhere, that too might be worth a visit.
I’ll copy this to my blog as the conversation so perfectly fits “conflict, culture, language, psychology.”
When I reach this point in specialization, the foaming fringe of an ocean featuring for currents engineering and related research interests in artificial intelligence and cybernetics and humanist interest in linguistics and poetry, I find I long for both independent funding and project integration.
While I may wait to hear the echo on that, possibly forever, as much would seem a critical corner within the intellectual space in which I live.
This is the realm of art, the “glass beads game”, the continuous manipulation of symbols and mind to beautify and ennoble experience and, as a natural behavior, to channel through expression a glimpse of the divine in nature and the universe.
Every human does this a little bit in self-concept and organization; poets may do it a little more and with reach to others.
Not all conflicts live so in the head — some really do have to do with natural and industrial resource allocations — but cultural and religious wars do as they would seem inseparable from “habits of mind” formed of particles drawn in language and repeated and inculcated throughout each culture-and-language system community wide.
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