“A Woman Created in His Image” posted a comment on this blog. I started to reply. The reply grew and even began to touch on a few insights I hadn’t previously considered. I thought my reply might be interesting to the general audience for this blog, so I’m posting my reply as an “article”:
Although there are multiple definitions for “person,” I understand the term to usually signify a man or woman in relation to some other man, women, men, women, institution, etc. More, when you see one “person,” you must see two. A “person” does not exist in isolation, but always in relation to that other man, woman, institution, etc. Thus, if I’m a “person” in relation to you, then you are a “person” in relation to me. Insofar as we both participate in a certain relationship, we are both “persons” whenever we engage in that particular relationship. When we do enter into that relationship, we are expected to wear a “mask” or “persona” of the “part” that we are playing.