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MEANING: intention?

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brenda jones (oxydol)
Sun, 07 Feb 1999 14:23:09 -0600

I have been thinking about the issue of meaning and intention. I was riding
the exercise bike while watching the Antiques Road Show (sorry, I'm not too
sophisticated here and, incidentally, I don't ever seem to loose any weight).
Anyway... a woman on the show brought in a small five by seven inch folk
painting on ivory. When asked, she said she purchased it for five dollars at
some kind of bazaar because she thought it was really cute. It was a painting
of two little children. She mentioned that she kept it on a shelf in the
kitchen with pot holders and other things that had images of cute children.
For her it was cute. For the appraisers, it was obviously something different
from cute. They saw it as haveing monetary vlaue of over thirty thousand
dollars. In this case, becasue the work was done in the early 1800's, we
cannot go to the maker and determine intention. We have to depend on
ourselves. Are there people who have more "weight" when it comes to
determining meaning? Was the original meaning not entirely clear? Does it not
"stand the test of time" for everyone? Does intention change over time?

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