Meaningful Address practices

Meaningful Address practices

The world has got unlimited source of learning. Then, why stop learning? Learn wherever you are, whatever you can and whenever you feel so. I am stressing so much on learning because I just had a feeling of sharing such an important thing which I learnt from my neighbor aunt. I totally disagree when she calls herself uneducated just because she can’t understand English. But, believe me, she got a plenty of knowledge about the life and world. And here is such words of wisdom which I learnt and felt like sharing.

First of all, it’s necessary to a form a belief about people, object, place or a thing. The belief is the gate to the world of acceptance. Once you believe, you accept. You don’t believe and no one can make you ready to accept a thing. My aunt will introduce people she knows as her very own people or close one. It doesn’t mean that she is over-friendly to everyone, but she is eagerly welcoming everyone and cares for all. The moment you start caring about others, the love is mirrored back in one way or another. Really, the stream of goodness is infectious.

Once the belief for a person is positive, the thoughts and actions changes completely. The communication increases and relations turn stronger. The greetings become genuine and social life flourishes. Humility, affection and confident in other-self increases and the world appears a totally amazing place to live in.

When child addresses the father as papa, it reflects closeness. When teacher addresses the student by name, it reflects friendliness, when owner addresses servants by prefix based on age (like bhaiya, didi, aunty, etc), it reflects trust-worthiness. Address practice depends on variety of factors like age, relations, society, politics, common interest, profession, etc. Address depends on different social relationships and different social context. The way politician address its people says a lot about the intentions and expectations. You can do a simple exercise and note down the way a particular politician addresses its people before or after winning elections. You could guess the authenticity of the leaders by this practice.

At different social locations, people may perform different address practices. For example, a marriage and funeral address is extremely opposite. In all this way, we understand that address practice is a very important lesson one should know very well. A respectful, familiar and healthy address practice could make your relations stronger with others. It doesn’t matter whom you are addressing- your way of addressing speaks a lot about you. Therefore, choose your words carefully wherever and whosoever you are addressing.

With the implications of effective measures to live life post corona, meaningful address practices seems reasonable. Forget the greetings that we normally do by shaking hands, hugging or kissing others, as a new custom we should all adopt beautiful words to address or greet others.

Reference- The cultural semantics of address practices by Gian Marco Farese.
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