Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Tomato Or Tomato?

Words are useful providing we don’t mistake them for the real thing. Alan Watts would say that’s like dining at a restaurant and confusing the menu for the meal.

While that scenario is unlikely, many of us are literally mesmerized by words.

When reality does not correspond with the world of words, we tend to become surprised. And if the surprise is not adequately explained, insecurity follows.

Consider the question: is tomato a fruit or a vegetable?

It depends who you ask.

A chef would call it a vegetable thanks to its savory, as opposed to sweet, flavour. But a scientist calls it a fruit because it contains seeds.So it’s a matter of definition.

And no explanation is better than the other. Because each classification serves a different purpose.

Is it truer to label a tomato as a fruit or a vegetable?

It depends on what you want to do with it.

If you realise words exists for practical reasons, you won’t be upset if you can’t find them growing on a tree.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach