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- short poem or other set of words set to music or meant to be sung: a pop song
[mass noun] singing or vocal music: the pilgrims broke into song
a musical composition suggestive of a song.
a poem, especially one in rhymed stanzas: The Song of Hiawatha
[mass noun] archaic poetry.
- [mass noun] the musical phrases uttered by some birds, whales, and insects, typically forming a recognizable and repeated sequence and used chiefly for territorial defence or for attracting mates.
an exposed surface of coal in a mine.
British engaged in work at an active rather than a theoretical level in a particular field: academics should work closely alongside the clinicians at the coalface
canary in a coal mine
An allusion to caged canaries mining workers would carry down into the tunnels with them. If dangerous gases such as methane or carbon monoxide leaked into the mine-shaft, the gases would kill the canary before killing the miners.
A warning of danger or trouble yet to come.
All definitions are sourced from the Oxford English Dictionary.
Several themes have surfaced as I’ve been writing my blog.
- The Tyranny of Effort – A phrase I’ve conjured up to summarise the Four Noble Truths, that life as we know it ultimately is or leads to suffering/uneasiness (dukkha) in one way or another. Suffering is caused by craving. This is often expressed as a deluded clinging to a certain sense of existence, to selfhood, or to the things or phenomena that we consider the cause of happiness or unhappiness. Craving also has its negative aspect, i.e. one craves that a certain state of affairs not exist. Suffering ends when craving ends. This is achieved by eliminating delusion, thereby reaching a liberated state of Enlightenment (bodhi); According to Buddhist tradition, reaching this liberated state is achieved by following the path laid out by the Buddha. More information on Buddhism.
- The Easy Way Out – The false assumption that the Tyranny of Effort does not exist
- Swallowing the Red Pill – From the Matrix. The terms red pill and its opposite, blue pill, are now pop culture terms that have become a common symbol for the choice between the blissful ignorance of illusion (blue) and embracing the sometimes painful truth of reality (red).
- Self-acceptance and self-love – Self-esteem is a term in psychology to reflect a person’s overall evaluation or appraisal of her or his own worth. Self-esteem encompasses beliefs (for example, “I am competent”, “I am worthy”) and emotions such as triumph, despair, pride and shame: some would distinguish how ‘the self-concept is what we think about the self; self-esteem, the positive or negative evaluation of the self, is how we feel about it’. A person’s self-concept consists of the beliefs one has about oneself, one’s self perception, or, as Hamlyn (1983: 241) expresses it, “the picture of oneself”. Baumeister (1997) described Self concept as totally perception which people hold about him/ herself (p. 681). It is not the “facts” about one-self but rather what one believes to be true about one-self (Sarah Mercer, p. 14). Early researchers used self-concept as a descriptive construct, such as ‘I am an athlete’ (Rosenberg 1979). Source.