Thursday, February 09, 2006


Why is guilt the opposite of innocence? It doesn't say much for the aging process does it.

("Isabelle" by Loretta Lux)

UPDATE: for the numerous "wtf?" comments I've received in private... (btw, it's ok to use the "comments" section, we're all friends here).

The opposites game is a good one. I say black, you say... white. Correct. But why? How does that work? If the world hangs in the balance of all manner of distinct and opposing polarities, then isn't it important that we identify the poles correctly? Is there room for error? In an informal survey conducted at Gazpachot laboratories and polling headquarters, 2 out of 2 people when asked what the opposite of the word "innocence" is said... you got it: "guilt." Personally, I would have said "experience" but that's because I try to stay as far away from litigious syntax as humanly possible. Do children leave innocence behind and become increasingly guilty with age? Actually, that kind of thinking does explain a lot of toxic worldviews.

Check your opposites from time to time. They may need rotating.



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