Don’t Call Me Shirley
The past few weeks I have been describing my siblings. Some of their names may seem like they’re for the wrong gender. That’s because most of us are fine with sticking to the old names, even if we change them to sound more modern. The thing is, these aren’t our real names.
Many know the Shakespeare quote from Romeo and Juliet, “What’s in a name?” In the mundane world, nothing really. He’s right, a rose by any other name is still a type of flower given cliche-ly on Valentine’s Day. A book could have just as easily been called a table. But the divine. Names are hugely important. If you know someone’s real name, you can hold so much power over them. Being the God of Knowledge, guess who knows everyone’s name. My father doesn’t.
If you’re wondering why that is, it’s simple and complicated. The actual process is what is complicated, but it can be described simply as your parents don’t give you your real name; the cosmos do. There is something written into the divine at birth. This something grants us a certain power, but when someone else manages to speak it, it gives them a bit of that power themselves, temporarily, by taking it away from us. If you’re wondering if I’m going to spill the beans about someone’s real name: no. I’m not evil. Sort of the point of this blog is to show that. Besides, in all the languages and dialects of man, none have the capacity to express true names.
Now, humans, with their souls, have true names. Like I mentioned earlier, your parents didn’t give it to you. That’s why people can change names, or go with a nickname or middle name, so easily. It’s also why using names doesn’t seem like such a big deal to humans. Sure some cultures do believe that a name is powerful, but it’s nothing compared to a true name. When I designed humans, if you’ll allow me to toot my own horn for a sec, I set aside a place specifically for the true name. This was to try to keep it as secret as possible and to prevent anyone from using it against you. As it turns out, humans have been able to ignore their true name. I wish I could take credit for that development, but it was just a happy accident. So while you have a true name, it’s meaningless. Which should tell you how powerful humans really are.
See you next week.