Wizard of Earthsea Anticipation Guide

The statement that I have the strongest opinion on is the statement “A person or thing must have a name to truly exist”. I wholeheartedly agree with that statement for two main reasons: The first is quite literal, and that is that it is impossible to not have a name for an existing object; the second reason is that names can embody culture and heritage. Firstly, everything that exists has to have a name. Or, everything that we know to exist has a name. I consider names to be glorified labels, hence, everything we are aware of has one. While not all names will be proper nouns, they serve to describe an object, to label it for our convivence. It’s one of the fun nuances of language. As long as language exists, and relatively intelligent life exists that is capable of being aware of it’s surroundings, everything that the mediocre life form is capable of perceiving or observing, everything that they know to exist, has been labeled, giving it a name. Can you think of anything that you know to exist that does not have a name? The second reason I don’t think that things or people cannot exist without a name is because for people names can often hold a small slice of culture. In history, people attempting to erase history, to edit people out of existence, have often tried to take their culture by taking their name. From the Holocaust, where victims where assigned numbers, to Canadian Residential Schools, where Indigenous children’s’ names where stolen and replaced with Catholic names- In cases of cultural genocide, many oppressors understand the power, the history behind traditional names, and try to take this away. However, these despicable acts are rarely effective. While the actions of the oppressors can be traumatic, scaring, and even deadly, humanity is remarkably resilient. We pick ourselves up, and in many cases we reclaim our culture, we reclaim our history. We reclaim our names. Names are one of the few things on this earth that will remain, that will preserve. They are one of the few concepts are irrefutable, a thread between our past, present, and future, and without them, we truly would not exist.

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