chewing words

I’ve recently learned the usefulness of thoroughly “chewing” the words that we use and understanding their embedded meanings. For instance, if we just think about the word “development” as a term, it is often used within two contexts. The first is as a progressive process or force. The second is in regards to development psychology (i.e. child development). Taking these two meanings together, we can think of “development” as a process that implies movement from a childish state to one of maturity. It implies an inevitable pattern by which things move. By looking at “development” in this light, we can understand the way in which it has traditionally been viewed and implemented and the ways in which we can come up with new models of development and therefore, new ways of thinking. 

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