My Title of Liberty

     "In Memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children." - Alma 46:12    

"Words Mean Things"


FREEDOM:
noun - The power or right to act, speak, or think freely.
 
GAY:
adjective - 1. light-hearted and carefree. 2. brightly colored, showy.
Unfortunately, my dictionary now tells me both of these long-standing definitions have become "dated", that is, they can only be used with risk of being misunderstood as the most recognized meaning is now "a male homosexual". I still prefer the old terms. Had we run out of letters? Could they not have invented a new word?
 
HUSBAND:
noun - A married man considered in relation to his wife.
 
LIBERTY:
noun - The state of being free from oppression or imprisonment.
 
MARRIAGE:
noun - The formal union of a man and a woman, by which they become husband and wife.
There is a second definition, "a combination of two or more elements", but it is a shadow of the first. Any other use of the word is less than the first definition. To allow two men or two women to "marry", would be to reduce the sacredness of the term, or to lift up a behavior that is forbidden to an honored estate - but man cannot make holy what God has called unholy.
 
PEACE:
noun - Freedom from disturbance; Tranquility.
Peace is both internal and external. We have to seek internal peace as we do happiness. External peace must also be sought. We do not have peace just because we refuse to resist. We must often fight to defend our peace.
 
PRIVILEGE:
noun - A special right, advantage, or immunity for a particular person or group.
 
RIGHT:
noun - A moral or legal entitlement to have or do something.
While Bill Clinton was still President, I heard him refer in a speech to the "right" of citizens to have a driver's license. (I had always been told that driving was a privilege, not a right.) The "rights" our Declaration of Independence enumerated were the rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Note: we don't have the right of Happiness, merely the "Pursuit" of happiness.
 
WIFE:
noun - A married woman considered in relation to her husband.