|My niece Laura took this pic|
- The underdog: I immediately suspected that "univocal" wouldn't get many votes in a group of remarkably multi-dimensional women. I gravitate to the underdog, no doubt about that. The "underdog factor" kept me from making a quick choice for "equivocal" and I took a step across the aisle to stand with the (I imagined) unpopular choice for a moment.
- Pick the one that is not immediately appealing to me: In this choice, I saw "single voice" (one dimensional?) vs. "Equal voices" (multi-dimensional?) and knew that I would usually be attracted to "equivocal" as the choice that represented more strands bringing diversity and rich depth. These are things I wrap myself in regularly. But then I tried to imagine the appeal of "univocal." And I surprised myself by imagining times when the single voice, standing out above all other less-focused voices, is very appealing. Example: Jesus
- Help from dictionary.com: Univocal has a single meaning; unambiguous. Equivocal has three definitions (1) allowing the possibility of several different meanings, as a word or phrase, especially with intent to deceive or misguide; susceptible of double interpretation; deliberately ambiguous. (2) of doubtful nature or character; questionable; dubious; suspicious (3) of uncertain significance; not determined. Though not always "with intent to deceive or misguide," equivocal began to look to me like a word that encompasses "lazy compromises" as well as, perhaps, more intentional "arms wide open" choices.
- My context: As many of the RevGals pointed out, life itself is made up of ambiguity, is multi-dimensional, and not always easy to put in a box. Ministry life is all of that, as is church life. I accept life on those terms; I even treasure that, most of the time. I just happen to be in a phase of life (ministry, church, personal) where the unambiguous voice is much appreciated and, truthfully, much needed.
- About Jesus ... Jesus certainly shows up as equivocal and ambiguous. He spoke in parables, after all! But I also see how his life (self-understanding, mission) might very well be called univocal.
It started out as a bit of a rebellious choice. I figured I would bring the unfamiliar voice to that question (hmmm ...). And, along the way, I realized that my own life -- at this time -- longs for more univocal and less equivocal, so that's why I chose it this time. This Jesus saying is very attractive and also challenging: "Let your 'yes' be your 'yes' and your 'no' be your 'no'." It's not where I usually live.