I met another person at work who is vegan and works in the same department as me. I was absolutely thrilled to meet her because it feels relaxing to not have to worry about that conversation coming up. I feel that even my friend who I play video games with at his house is someone I will lose. He still hangs out with me and he knows I’m vegan but still I worry about the issue coming up and starting a fight.
However this woman I met is somebody who I instantly feel more comfortable and relaxed around and we have so much in common. I even told her about the name I chose for myself: Chastity White Rose.
And the name has a lot of meaning than I hope I get a chance to explain to her but for now since it is on my mind, I will explain it on this blog.
The following is the definition Google gives for chastity. I hope to talk about all these synonyms and what they all mean to me.
the state or practice of refraining from extramarital, or especially from all, sexual intercourse.
“vows of chastity”
synonyms: celibacy, chasteness, virginity, abstinence, self-restraint, self-denial, continence; innocence, purity, virtue, morality
“a vow of chastity”
I like all the meanings of this because I am a virgin and am committed to celibacy for life. Chastity is the perfect first name for me. The next parts of my name are White and Rose. This link explains it all.
And here is a quote from the beginning of it.
“The meaning of shimmering white roses is not very hard to decipher if you go by their appearance. The color white has always been synonymous with purity and virtue. And so, sincerity, purity, and chastity are some of the obvious meanings of a white rose. When you need to convince that your affections are straight from the heart and are as pure as virgin snow, use a white rose. But there are more hidden meanings in a white rose than meets the eye.
White has ever been a symbol of innocence, of a world unspoiled and untarnished. The meaning of a bunch of glowing white roses is innocence and spiritual love. The white rose glorifies a love that is unaware of the temptations of the flesh and resides only in the soul. As opposed to the red rose that speaks of passionate promises, the meaning of a white rose is in its simplicity and pristine purity.
Sometimes called “the flower of light”, one of the meanings of white roses is everlasting love – love stronger than death, an eternal love, undying and all sustaining. White rose speaks of a love that is sustained more by loyalty, reverence and humility than by red-blooded passion. So, in its capacity to worship someone till death, the meaning of a white rose is unchanging loyalty that endures beyond all else.
The white bouquet has been a tradition since Queen Victoria’s wedding in l840. It was in this romantic era that gentlemen started sending flowers to their lady friends to denote special meanings. The white rose is the queen of the bridal bouquet.
Here, the meaning of a white rose is something different altogether. A virgin carrying the white roses seeks to assure her loved one of her purity and innocence. Untarnished and untainted – the white rose is the bride on her wedding day. In the “language of the flowers” the meaning of white roses is “I am worthy of you”. The meaning of the white rose will not be lost on a groom when he sees his bride’s eyes filled with unchanging love and loyalty, a promise to stand by him through all.”
What I like about this is that I identify with light because I value honesty. I also declare my innocence by my refusal to condone any form of murder. I do not approve of killing animals whether human or another species. And specifically, I believe that the way to purity is chastity/celibacy because surely sex is the root of all human evil as it is the very thing that creates humans who then kill the other animals and destroy the planet in uncountable ways.
And the vegan I met at work is somebody that I hardly know and yet I respect her for she is an ethical vegan like me and I see no evil or violence in her. And I hope that she feels the same about me. But perhaps the most nagging question on my mind is: Why do I care how she feels about me? This I do not know and must meditate on the subject.