To be or not to be – bound

I think the word bound is extraordinary. Referencing to the Oxford Dictionary two of the 9 meanings are of relevance to this tangent, which extends a recent conversation I had with a colleague of mine. It is pretty much in regards to the boundaries of work and play – and if you work in the coastal network, both seem to incessantly integrate with each other. Thus, reasons why it is hard to just walk away.

This time round, I am also inspired by Shakesphere’s famous recitation – “to be or not to be” – bound, that is my question here? To break it down even more, let’s take a little walk down the English-lesson memory lane (this hard for me as I was terrible at English – hence studying science). Anyway…

The definition of bound –

Meaning one: cause (people) to feel united – the comradeship that had bound such a disparate bunch of lads together. If you break this down, well in my mind, what stands out to me is comradeship and together. Comradeship being the noun and together the forceful verb, which both depend on each other right?

Meaning two: impose a legal or contractual obligation on a party who signs a document will normally be bound by its terms, indenture (someone) as an apprentice, (bind oneself) formal make a contractual or enforceable undertaking, (be bound by) be hampered or constrained by. Therefore bound forms enforced conditions or form boundaries. Right?

To further this tangent, the definition of boundaries (a variant of dialect bounder) –

Meaning three: a line, which marks the limits of an area or limit of something abstract (subject/sphere)

So my tangent becomes a justifiable tangent, as meaning one promotes the cause to feel united, while the second bounds conditions on such unity actions. Then the third meaning justifies the need to have limits of an area/abstract. Though, somehow my conspiracy-nature leads to me to believe all hinder each other for legality control – control of an action to ensure comradeship acts within limits.

I personally like the feeling of being bound (in control of my limits), however, if we remain within our limits how do we expect to learn to improve effectiveness and efficiency for a particular action/cause/abstract (e.g. the management of the coast). Being young, enthusiastic and driven, I think we should push boundaries to act on the sense of being bound. Therefore, I rest this tangent and say, yes – we must be bound within our own rights!


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