“A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.”
You got to be kidding. Which moron would call a rose a carnation or a lotus? Now just suppose you do meet such a moron, he would have done so for a few possible reasons:
1. He has never seen/smelled a rose.
2. He is trying to mislead.
3. He is testing the limits of the rose.
If you go with # 1, then fine he will call it a carnation or a lotus. He will get a certain scent. But you know it is a rose, so the rose will smell what it remains for you – a rose. You have not changed its name.
If you go with # 2, then it depends on how far you are willing to be misled. You may have your eyes shut and are told this is a lily. Will you smell a lily or a rose? If you are a staunch rose-person, you may protest, but it is very likely you will believe it is a lily and think it is a lily scent. It has to do with auto-suggestion, power of persuasion and perception.
If you go with # 3, then the rose has a lot of living up to do. Here the rose is being directly shorn of an identity. It is told it is not a rose, and this is done with some amount of force. Like many people who want to deny you what you are, the rose will be shaken up at the stem, its face turned up, its petals twisted.
In such a situation the rose will not last long. Does it then matter whether it smells just as sweet when it ceases to be… not a rose, a lily, a carnation, or a lotus?