Skeuomorphism

My favorite new word is skeuomorph.

From Google Dictionary: "Skeuomorphism is the design concept of making items represented resemble their real-world counterparts. Skeuomorphism is commonly used in many design fields, including user interface (UI) and Web design, architecture, ceramics and interior design."

Skeupmorphism helped make computers accessible to people. Microsoft's operating system is called "Windows." "Files" are placed in "directories." The name of a huge international corporation is Apple. Is logo is a drawing of an apple with a bite taken out of it.

So much of human understanding is based on relating one thing to another. Almost all words have multiple meanings. Almost all thoughts, decisions, and actions are related to other thoughts, decisions, and actions in this skeuomorphic way that leaves us in a state of wonder and confusion at a constantly shifting perception of reality. Can we ever really know anything or anybody, even ourselves? Are there any absolutes? I don't think so. We're all trying to catch up with who we are and what the world is all about. This is that what the founders meant by the pursuit of happiness (our right as American citizens), which really is the pursuit of meaning; it can be exhausting but the very uncertainty keeps us connected, stimulated, and pursuing--always pursuing. As I see it, it's this idea of meaning as motion, pursuit, that is the basis of thinking through narration rather than through rhetoric.