Lisa: A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
Bart: Not if you called ’em stench blossoms.
Lisa’s point (both logical and traditional) is part-right — no matter what you call a rose it will still be the same object and smell just the same as it ever has. However, Bart throws in a bit of Zen philosophy here and calls into question our objectification of what we perceive to be “sweet” (or good, bad, pleasant or unpleasant). It is calledit into question since even though the rose may smell just the same as it ever has, our perception, reaction, judgement, objectifications or expectations can be altered.
If we were brought up to believe that a certain smell was undesirable then I argue that it would be to us.
What is money — our current paper (or electronic) based currency? Do you know that there was a time when people were killing each-other over stones, shells, salt or whatever else was given the status of currency at that day-and-age? What is beauty? Our current concept of beauty is ever-changing. Not too far back in our own history a more robustwomen was considered to be sexy, sensual, attractive… desirable, and a thin one would be considered sickly, undeveloped, and undesirable. Even the facial features or colors we hold above another as desired or not change from age-to-age based on popularity, media, influence, culture…
What makes one day good and another day bad? It is beautiful outside today; the weather is nice; the sky is bright and blue… and I am having a miserable day — today is a bad day to me. To someone else… today, right now, is the best day of their life! Either way it is the same exact day… the only difference is how we are experiencing and perceiving it. Are my expectations being met? How do I feel? Do I like this or not? How does the entire world relate to me this day?
It is just a day. It is just a rose. A face. A person. A sound. A smell. An experience. It is neither good nor bad it simply is.
Does this mean that we enjoy nothing? That we find no beauty in anything? That ALL flowers now become stench blossoms to us? No. I certainly hope not. On the contrary, I believe that it makes every face beautiful, all things enjoyable, and every flower our rose.
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