Try It Like That

On “Try”:

“Try it like that.” What does “try” mean? Does “try” mean to receive passively, as in “try on”? That would be to determine whether you might like something. That is one meaning of “try something.” It is passive. Or, another meaning: to go out and “try” meaning to make an action. This is when you physically make an effort? I can imagine a spectrum, between physical and mentally “trying.” Try mentally (try my patience), try sensually (tried being a vamp), try physically (tried to get a job). Many ways to try? A person can “try” to accept a bad marriage – that is rather passive, I would think. Or, try to climb a tall mountain. Very active. I think that would be active.

It seems like this word is very “flexi,” as it has many options as to meaning. You could try living in the Berkshires. Sometimes, it means “accept,” sometimes it means a physical effort. But, to “try” does not always mean to make a physical effort. This is how it seems.

When we say to try something, this also may refer to how one receives.

How do you like the world? -it means: “how do you receive it?”

Try living in capitalism.

Do you like it?

If a persons says she does like it, here is what it means: does not mean anything beyond that she not only did not make any effort to be a capitalist (capitalism is more of a thing that happens to you) but also, she did not even try to understand what the situation is that this word refers to. Getting back to the word, though, the meaning of the word “try” seems to be something worth going into, worth a little analysis (which, I know, can be trying).


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