Long ago I had read that implicitly we’re all assumed to be part of the ‘legal society’. When someone ask if you’re a part of society, thou thinks it means thou is part of the general population, the people. But really, sometimes, in some settings, thou is being ask if thou is part of the Legal Society.
Hidden in plain site is the fact that there are many societies: the Honor Society at school, the Canadian Nuclear Society, the American Society of Civil Engineers, etc. How can one know if one is part of ‘society’ without knowing which society? When someone asks if thou is a member of society, thou may want to ask, “Which society?”
There are other words and phrases if someone wants to ask if thou is part of the people. Maybe someone could ask, isn’t thou a member of the community? Doesn’t thou live on this town?
- Practice living in the private: My given name is…
- Public versus Private
- ‘Thou is’, not ‘you are’