Monday, April 19, 2010

Same action, different meanings

You (a young man) get on a crowded bus with your father, who is quite able bodied himself. Spotting a vacant seat, you offer it to your father. That is honouring your father.

On another day, you get on the bus by yourself. You see a vacant seat, and you see an elderly person right behind you. You offer the seat to this person. That is showing kindness.

You give up your seat to a disabled person; that's showing compassion.

You offer your seat to a young lady; that's showing politeness.

You offer your seat to your wife; that's showing love.

Same action; different meanings.

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