Thursday, July 3, 2014

What's In A Name?

’Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself though, not a Montague.
What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part         
Belonging to a man. O! be some other name:
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes         
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name;
And for that name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.' - Juliet
Romeo & Juliet, by William Shakespeare

I love these folks. They allow us to be honest. To take things with a grain of salt. To return our minds back to what really matters. They remind us not to take ourselves too seriously... after all, we don't want to appear to have a stick up the pelvic floor, now, do we? The #PelvicMafia would have a squeeze with that! Careful... they WILL come after you.

Pen names have historically given those with ideas to be shared a defense against those who would otherwise censor them. Sometimes this quality is abused, other times, it is done with wit to the benefit of those who would listen. Regardless of how you feel about them, their content, their interactions, and/or their positions on any number of topics... remember: to you they hold anonymity, for themselves they are still the wielder and recipient of likely great amounts of pressure (both good and bad) because of their very existence.

What's in a name? Maybe nothing. Perhaps everything.

At the very least, it may remind us to check upon our own names.

Keep up the great work folks, especially in reminding us all - Life is more than.......!

1 comment:

  1. Someone recently asked me why I chose the name "Cinema". This was my reply:

    "I chose Cinema because it feels like "clay"...meaning I can make it what ever I want and take it in any direction I want without having preconceived notions of whether the name sounds like it might have positive or negative connotations. I like the fact that most people have NO image in their mind when they imagine a person named Cinema.

    One big reason I chose pseudonymity is to further allow myself to change without letting anything hold me back. Many times people are afraid to change because of fear, pride, etc. This medium avoids those hurdles immediately. I can grow & contribute at the same time via "Cinema"."