The Beauty of Non-Binary

Sunday, June 21, 2015

the Beauty of Non-Binary

Rev. Julia Hamilton

Language is a tricky thing, isn’t it? I spend a lot of my day immersed in words; the words of books and sermons and poetry, words ancient and modern; words we say to one another when it matters most; words that hurt or heal us in this community. I have a great respect for words, and their power to both reflect and shape our lives. I try to be precise with my words, to say what I mean and to use words that accurately and truthfully reflect what is, and what I hope will be.

But sometimes even I forget how powerful they can be, and how hard we wrestle with the limits of our language.

The best example I have found about the power of a word is the example of the color blue.

Can you name for me the colors in the rainbow? Go ahead! (Red/Orange/Yellow/Green/Blue/Purple…)

But it hasn’t always been so. Of course, the physics of rainbows hasn’t changed, and the biology of the eye is universal to all humans, but our ability to see color changes, dramatically, from culture to culture and age to age.

There was a time in most cultures when the color blue, as we know it, did not exist.

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