A while ago, my daughter taught me a great lesson here. She had a word that actually caused her a lot of distress when she heard it used, and instilled fear in her. After talking it through, my kids decided to take away the power of the word by replacing it with a word that didn’t have the same ‘baggage’. That day, ‘Demon’ was replaced by the word ‘Potato’. This took away the power the thing was deriving from it’s name and all that name implied. By changing the name we used to refer to a thing, we changed how powerful that thing was. Who is afraid of a potato? Today, we can talk about Demons, because they have lost their ‘power’. In fact, she laughs at that word.
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