When (at Least) One Word is Open to Interpretation

Look up the word virgin in the dictionary.  You’ll probably find a description of a person — usually a woman — who has not had sexual relations.

Be careful not to limit yourself to strict dictionary definitions when viewing, hearing or reading someone’s creative or philosophical effort.  If the work is good, nearly everything in it is subject to different interpretations.  A few years from now, you may think of a favorite movie, book, etc. differently because you’ve changed.

(Editor’s Note: When reading the Voltaire quote below, remember that some foolish people have sex lives.  I’ll bet Voltaire knew a few of those people, and he didn’t place confidence in them.)

IT IS AN INFANTILE SUPERSTITION OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT THAT VIRGINITY WOULD BE THOUGHT A VIRTUE AND NOT THE BARRIER THAT SEPARATES IGNORANCE FROM KNOWLEDGE.

— VOLTAIRE

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