Thursday, February 11, 2010

Time to redefine

Here’s an idea that I think will improve society. Let’s re-define some terms that have been bogging us down for a while.

  1. Employed/Employment. Why should we limit this expression to those that actually have jobs. We should include those that want to work or those that worked at least once. Most people don’t really want a job so why make a big deal about it? Let’s expand the definition beyond working and include recreation as well. In this modern, open-minded society we should not make those that are out of work feel like they need to find something to do that an employer will pay for. Let’s get rid of the stigma that comes with making a person a statistic as unemployed. No one should feel like they have to work to be a contributing member of society. There are enough workers out there to make up for those that can’t or that would just rather play.

  2. Educated/Education. Long accepted as another block on the standard résumé, this term is passé and so twentieth century. Our minds have so much more potential then attending a bunch of classes, listening to hundreds of lectures and completing so many time-consuming assignments. If you want to be a doctor or a pilot. Go for it. If you are reasonable bright then you will pick it up without the tedium of years of chasing a degree or certificate. It should be illegal for an employer to ask someone to prove that they ever set foot in one of the “old fashioned” institutes of higher learning. It would be better to hire someone for his or her personality.

  3. Wealthy/Wealth. Money should not determine privilege. It is time to zero out everyone’s accounts and burn all currency. Wouldn’t we all like to be able to wear the coolest sunglasses without worrying about a pesky price tag?

  4. Married/Marriage. The narrow definition of “the legal union between a man and a woman” has run its course and must be expanded. Why not an “illegal union”? Or even a legal relationship where the 2 people don’t actually ever meet face-to-face. Why does it have to be a man and woman? Why not a man and his Xbox 360 or a woman and her own image in the mirror? THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX PEOPLE! Just because it normally takes a man and a woman to create a child doesn’t mean there is really anything special about that. It takes flour and water to make a tortilla but there isn’t a verb that is dedicated to or exclusive of that act. This may be the definition that has the most potential for redefinition.