4/06/2005

Expectations...

Thoughts of them? Are they only to be raised for positive meaning? Or can we re-evaluate them? Does this mean lowering? And is that always bad?

What are expectations? Why do we keep and hold them are they not just references to goals?
    Expectation:
    1. The act of expecting.
    2. Eager anticipation: eyes shining with expectation.
    The state of being expected.
    1. Something expected: a result that did not live up to expectations.
    2. expectations Prospects, especially of success or gain.
So... they are more than goals (items at which we reach for but perhaps do not "expect"). With such a noun does it mean one can not re-evaluate ones expectations? Can we surmise to only to raise or lower them? And does lowering equal re-evaluation?

I think not...expectations are very similar to other pieces of life, re-evaluation and changes among them is not lowering or requiring less, but perhaps pondering them in new light. Contemplating direction change, can be up or down. But to only think change can be a raised or lowered seems to defeat a purpose of evaluating. One can push up or down with evaluation, but they can also push side to side or in combination. The word in and of itself does not require a lateral direction movement. Semantics I don't think so.

2 Comments:

Anonymous captain obvious said...

sure, looking at a word devoid of any etymology, I say you are correct. but how often is anything taken solely on its strictest definition without context or natural evolvement within culture? I'm arguing from the standpoint that in any given conversation any person's understanding of 're-evaluate expectations' is lowering. lateral movement. mostly cause how many people do you know that don't autmatically think laterally? just like another accepted defintion of awful is: Commanding awe: Filled with awe, especially. When's the last time that defintion crossed your mind?

it has been entirely too long since we sparred over something non-dramatic. this is fun. hugs yoda.

11:22 PM  
Blogger E said...

But see...you are also inferring about others meanings...is that something one just has almighty powers on? We each use language in a different way, hence it would be false to evaluate from your perspective only. Linguistically it can be laterally.

I still disagree with you on the intentions of the rest of the population...I will give you a percentage probably infer as you did, in downward motion, however I will bet many think lateral as shift side to side neither good nor bad...variation or change.

5:45 AM  

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