When you see a child who doesn’t know his name, he doesn’t have the ability to objectify or use his intellect completely. The ego or the identity part of it is still not completely developed. At least not to the extent of communicating it to others.
A child’s first ability to objectify comes when he is given an identity, i.e, his name. Once a kid gets grasp of his name he tends to use his name instead of “I” to communicate with us. He talks in the third person. Why would you start off with talking in third person. “I” seems to not be natural to us in speech. We had to develop using “I” by observing people around us. Third person comes naturally. You learn to objectify as your intellect develops. Then you learn to objectify and discriminate what is yours and what is not. This has a great function if used right.
Moving forward, you learn to discriminate with your intellect and learn to give meaning to objects and people. Everything around you is objectifiable. Everything objectifiable can be given deeper meaning and value. For example a brand. We learn in accounting that a business is a separate entity from the people who founded it as soon as you incorporate it.
As soon as it is a separate entity, you can market the brand. Value comes in only if feelings are attached to a brand. This way you can increase your individual value in this world in terms of power, money or anything else that seems to show you are externally successful.
Why is Iceland Greener than Greenland?
Iceland has less than 12% ice glaciers. The majority of it is green. It is frustrating that the name of the country is so far from how the country actually is, The origin of the name Iceland is coming from a Viking story. Vikings commonly name the new lands they come across by the first thing they spot in the area. For example, when they came to some parts of Canada, they saw that there were a lot of vine grapes. So, they called it “Vinland” initially.
Hrafna-Flóki was on his way to Iceland. His trip didn’t go as enjoyable as it was meant to be. As he was sailing across the sea , his daughter passed away before they made it to Iceland. As he reached the land things didn’t seem to get better. They had reached during the spring. There were a lot of fish and they didn’t plan for the harsh winter that was just around the corner. Finally when the winter started, it dragged on to be longer than expected. The situation got worse when his livestock starved to death due to the long winter. He climbed up a mountain depressed and horrified. He saw a Fjord of Ice Slopes all around him. He named the land “Iceland”. They left soon after. But, the name stuck.
Why is Greenland not half as green as Iceland?
The above picture is a place in Greenland called Rodebay. I love how the houses are all colorful. It adds beauty to the rather white barren landscape they have. The name Greenland is annoying to hear for a country which is less than 20% green. Funny thing is the country next to it is called Iceland which is more than 80% green.
Several decades after Iceland got its name. Iceland became a democracy. In 982 A.D., Norwegian, Erik the Red who lived in Iceland was banished from Iceland after he murdered three people during a feud. He sailed west to find a new place to settle. He came across the land. It was during the summer. He realized that the place is scarcely inhabitable. But, he wanted the settlement to be a success. He called the land Greenland in an effort to brand the place as a good place to attract more settlers. Thus the name Greenland stuck.
The funny thing is that we get fixated on the name of Greenland and Iceland as they seem to be the opposite of what the name literally means. But the funny thing is most other countries names also mean very different names. For example, Canada literally means the Village. For the second largest country in the world, village seems to be a very underscored name. Below is a map of the literal meaning of names for North America. It’s really strange except for USA.
Expectation based on what you assume is dangerous
If you see a resort by the name of Grand Hotel, you would expect something like the one above. You would really be frustrated if you saw something like the one below. Both are Grand hotels. It is based on the presumption that the literal meaning makes sense to you. You draw a picture before you actually observe or learn about the object in your mind.
Identity can affect your physical appearance
We tend to fixate on the names and identities behind the names. This is not only true in terms of naming of countries. This is also true when it comes to people. The Dorian Gray effect states that the internal characteristics of a person is reflected on the physical features of a person. Self perception affects the way you appear to others.
Many celebrities change their names. This seems to create a positive affect to their fame and success in the external world. It seems strange. But the relation is not simply because of the name change. It has to do with the aspect of how others perceive the name change. Also, it has to do with how you interpret the name change applies to you.
Everything you label is similar to giving identity to it. Feelings, values and status can be attached to anything we objectify with a name or label. Being alert of what you perceive of others and ourselves is of absolute importance. Intellect is a double edged sword. Feelings and intellect needs to be used to our advantage by being alert and leaving preconceptions whenever possible. This allows you to expand and know the vastness of life to the extent possible.