Humpty Dumpty, James Madison, the States and Meaning

Steven Jamar sjamar at
Tue Jul 26 18:37:35 PDT 2005

A.  Jim Henderson.

Well not quite.  I guess Jim claims to know what they mean, and is  
not really claiming the prerogative claimed by Humpty Dumpty to  
define words any old way his fancy suits him.  Now there's glory for  
you!  But some others of us also think we know what they mean and see  
things differently from Jim even when looking at the same words.

He sees unambiguous hard edges (and yet still must list what  
respecting establishment prohibits!) whereas I see a hard core  
meaning a fuzzy mushy area around that core.

Jim and Gene see the same way, but not the same thing.  I see it  


On Jul 26, 2005, at 9:20 PM, JMHACLJ at wrote:

> Here, for 100 points, is today's religion and the Constitution trivia:
> "Words mean precisely what I say they mean."
> Name the speaker:
> A.  Jim Henderson
> B.  James Madison
> C.  Humpty Dumpty
> D.  Thomas Jefferson

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Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime,
Therefore, we are saved by hope.
Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any  
immediate context of history;
Therefore, we are saved by faith.
Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone.
Therefore, we are saved by love.
No virtuous act is quite a virtuous from the standpoint of our friend  
or foe as from our own;
Therefore, we are saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.

Reinhold Neibuhr

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