Monthly Archives: September 2015

It’s in the words (how you are owned)

Perhaps I have not written enough about the obligation to take care of the children – within the family – as being the most fundamental and source of all other obligations: the mother of all obligations. It is what “justifies” the universally-valued obligation towards the parents (“honour thy parents”), which the child assumes as a developmental consequence of the first. But it’s all in the words anyway, and easily understood that way.

The word “mother” is one of those, of course, used by children to refer to certain primary female caregiver. You probably refer to your own mother this way most often. But what about her? Does she call you “child”, “son” or “daughter”, or does she use your name – a name she gave you?

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