I spent my day diligently and copiously making what I call "Matrix Map" note cards, voraciously ingesting insight from the etymological brackets the American Heritage Dictionary so generously provides, and capriciously thinking of methods of inspiring this same fervor in others. Some might say I have approached this subject with an unnecessary religiosity, but we are deficiently informed of the denotative (original) and connotative (contextual, often modern) meaning of words, and the history in-between. It's a bit exhausting to be working out and conditioning my mind in this manner, most likely because my passion is pushing me into isolation, and I struggle not to allow loneliness to replace my solitude.
Words are funny things; they are utterances that are supposed to represent people, places, things, ideas, actions, and relationships. They can be soothing balms, healing tonics, or toxic banter that causes confusion, violence, war, and death. Our thoughts and feelings are both primarily expressed via words. Even our communication with God/Allah/Jehovah/Yaweh/theUniverse is based on words. As the Bible says, "in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (btw: etymology can quite easily reveal the esoteric meaning behind this- God means to invoke, and invoke means to call upon, and thus true power is in the Words/Thoughts we choose to utter). This simple phrase reveals both the science of success conveyed by great masterminds and the power of prayer preached by Muslims and Christians alike. While I am attempting to keep these musings light, I seek for my words to have gravitas and for them to hang in your mind like a swinging pendulum. If we better understand that words are mediums of thought and exchange, then perhaps we'd recognize the importance of word mastery, leading eventually to language mastery. Truths revealed in the words themselves could have prevented unnecessary conflict and solve some of the major problems of the word. And only etymology can do that, as it literally means "study of the truth" "etymon=truest sense; -ology=the study of; words of)
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