The word heretic is a great demonstration of how the original meaning of a word becomes burdened or co-opted by organizations that will bend a word to suit their objectives.
Heretics were burned at the stake. Sometimes that was the kindest thing that happened to them. We’ve discovered being a heretic has been really misunderstood.
The root meaning of the word heretic as a noun is defined in the online etymological dictionary as “able to choose”.
Sometimes we have to become heretics in our own lives to ‘choose’ away from a history, a place or people. People will want us to walk in lockstep with them even though we know it will cost us the integrity of our hearts.
Is it time for you to be a heretic and choose a way of living with a new mindset that may separate you from those you’ve been marching with?
Are you walking to the beat of your own drum?
Susan and David