I’m sorry, but I have to use this title before Jim Adams does. Now, that’s out of the way, we can talk about growth, which is kind of a strange word. Putting a “th” on a verb to make a noun… who thought of that? We have strength and length too (though those are verbed adjectives), but what else? Strange, I say.
And as far as the meaning, it can be hugely positive or negative, depending on the context. We say that a baby, child, or teenager has a growth spurt, which is a good thing. We like our humans to be taller rather than smaller. However, adults usually do not welcome the growth of their waistlines as the years roll on. That’s girth, and it’s unhealthy. So, maybe we can generalize that vertical growth is good, while horizontal growth is bad.
We like our investments to show growth, as well as any flowers we plant. But we don’t want to find growths on or in our bodies, as that’s often a sign of a terrible problem. Unless it’s a pregnancy, which is good… if you want it. We like our hair to grow long, usually, but not our earlobes or boobs.
Then there’s spiritual growth, or for those who don’t believe in spirts, character growth. This is always good as it implies learning, changing, and doing better as a moral actor. We like to see this in books and movies, where the main character has an epiphany and rights his or her wrongs. I like to believe I have grown as a person, but who knows? Mostly, I have removed opportunities to do bad things.
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