The first principle is “rectification of names.”
I remember only that phrase from a comparative religion
course in college. “Rectification,” some translator’s choice.
A good choice I think although the word is never used
in conversation, except once in a while by me.
Rectification resonates (now that’s a popular word these days)
with me. At my age getting the words right is imperative.
I do not accept glib, trendy, top-of-mind, depthless, knee jerk
use of important words: love, miracle, resonate, meditate,
ageing, caring, belief, grief, good, bad, honest, transparent…
What media guru are they quoting now?
What do they mean by a “good book,” a “good movie,”
a “good life,” a “good death”? “Give me a break.”
And then there’s global warming, climate change,
apocalypse, angels, zombies, ghosts, aliens.
Add driverless cars, colonizing Mars.
What about the Big Bang or string theory?
Just what do we need to know? The first principle surely
is “rectification of names”--most nouns and quite a few verbs,
in all languages. We need to know what we are talking about.
I believe that is the definition of rectification.