Suppose I wanted to pick this up as if I had never been gone. Would it be possible? I suppose not. However, that would imply that I was actually gone. I wasn’t. Not in my mind anyway. Teaching has proven far more complicated than I had ever anticipated. I thought I would be able to cruise through the job, finish a Master’s, write my thoughts, spend time with family, and enjoy my free time in the span of twenty-four hours. Silly me. But hey, here I am. I never stopped thinking, only writing this particular part of my life – I realize now how many other things I have written since I last posted here, I tire.
So, as they say, let us walk a road, for a moment, together.
Not long ago I was asked to teach, for about five minutes, at one of my church leadership meetings – I hope you all remember I am LDS; if not, you have just been reminded (insert smiley face here – I dare not try to use emoticons). The topic of conversation at the time was ‘unity.’ I thought of it as the unity of the leadership body, of course, and thus I proceeded to deliver a lesson on how we should be more united to the single purpose of instructing those who report to us. It was inspiring, if I do say so myself.
Out from those five minutes I spent teaching, the single most important concept was this:
Strings must be strung to be strong.
I brought that the point that ‘strings’ is a very ancient word, going back to the PIE ‘st’ and therefore ‘string,’ ‘strung,’ and ‘strong’ were all related. A string is something individualistic and alone, something liable to be broken, if one is not careful, due to its size and overall strength. However, if one gathers those strings and, forgive the redundancy, strings them, then those strings become strong. It was all applicable to us because we were nothing more than strings in this allegory but, if we were willing to become strung through the common principles of leadership, then we would become strong in that unity. I don’t know how much other people took from what I said, but I thought I was being quite smart in saying it.
Fast forward to Latin class some time later.
As I was reading Cicero, I noted the use of ‘Sto, Stare’ to denote standing. This Latin verb exists in many differing forms such us:
Sustain: To make something remain standing by (physically) holding it from under
Abstain: To stay away from something (or someone) making a stand
Substance: Something that makes something else (internally) stand by holding it up
I thought that was quite interesting, as my definition of String, Strung, and Strong had evolved from the singleness of the string to how the string is something or someone that stands alone. I realized that the best system of governance was that in which individuals became interdependent with other individuals therefore making an extremely strong idea possible. The concept of interdependence is not new, Mr. Covey, in one of his books (maybe the Seven Habits of Highly Efficient People thought it up long ago). Thus strings are individuals who stand independent and alone say, as in a Republic states stand independent and alone. However, these independent units can choose to become interdependent with other states and become, therefore, a Republic. This is the strongest form of interdependency I have been able to find and, I have also realized, was quite prevalent in the Ancient World.
Independent beings or institutions can become stronger by becoming interdependent with other independent beings or institutions.
Fast forward, again, to the Institute of Religion class I took yesterday.
I learned that one cannot remain still and be considered active. I can hear you all think. This must be obvious, like the sun shining, but it isn’t. Many times we seek to appease both sides of an argument by appealing to both of them. We tend to think of ourselves as peacemakers, pacifists, liberals, maybe – sorry to my liberal friends, I don’t mean this in any negative way, seriously. Well, we are not. We live in a world of oppositions, one that changes its point of view on a moment’s notice, every second, upon every new discovery. What that means is that we have a lot of people who are dependent on change, on new things, on modern things. There are few of us who are, say, strings. There are few of us who are independent of these world ideas. As such; as independent individuals, we like to think that we can settle this arguments between those who are dependent on them. We cannot.
Are there any arguments you have settled by settling it between two people? I didn’t think so.
I realized the true reach of that ancient word ‘st’ and how much we use it today. I also realized, unfortunately, that we use it without understanding that its original meaning was so negative many of our words today implicate precisely that, negativity. Here are some examples – sorry they are not in alphabetical order; that would have been quite tedious:
Stand = I believe this is the root word of ‘St.’ Quite literally its most basic meaning. Not moving.
Still = Adjective, unmoving, unchanged, standing in the same place (mentally or physically).
Stay = Verb, don’t stop standing there, don’t move.
Stone = Noun, a thing that is always (standing) in the same place, not moving.
Strong = Adjective, standing in place, unmovable (physically or mentally).
Strength = Noun, standing tall, unmovable, (physically or mentally).
Strung = Verb (String) standing fixed amongst others with whom you share standing (opinion or otherwise).
Stuck = Standing so thoroughly amongst other things or people one cannot move.
Static = Moving in place, therefore not moving anywhere, but standing in the same place.
Stick = something that stands straight and does not move, something stuck to something and therefore unmoving, an opinion that will not be changed, therefore unmoved.
Stale = Adj, no longer moving – flavor wise. Something dead and therefore always in place.
Stupid = someone who does not move forward in his/her thinking. Something that doesn’t allow us to move forward with our tasks for the day.
Stain = Noun, A spot that does not move, stands there; Verb, to cause something to be unmoved or stand upon something else.
Stunt = Verb, to be made to halt one’s progress, made to stand in place, unable to move mentally or physically. Noun, an action that will cause you to stand up and remain still or unmoving
Stagnant = Standing still, unmoving, therefore uninvolving, incapable of progress.
Steward = Noun, a person who stands in for another and holds the rights of said person.
Stink = A standing smell that dissipates upwards and therefore does not move nor progress.
Astounded = A–Stare (Latin) = To (be about to) stand still, incapable of moving forward
Apostasy = Apo-Stasis (Greek) = To be a by-stander as other people move forward or, as well, to stand away from truth, both apply with ‘apo.’
Stasis (Greek) = Civil War, because the moving-forward of the people is impossible as they are fighting. They figuratively stand in place.
Apostate = One who is a bystander.
Apostle = One who is made to move, therefore progresses.
Astute = A-st-ute (Latin) = One who has gone to move, therefore has evolved, is smart, has changed
Stop = literally to cease movement, stand in place.
Stamina = The amount energy you have before you can no longer stand.
Stench = Same as smell.
Standard = Something that stands on its own, has been proven true.
Distance = De-stare (Latin) = the space from which you stand in respect to me.
Distant = de-stas (Latin) = the space from which you are (mentally) away from me.
Anastasia = Ana-stasia (Greek) = To be made to stand up while lying in place, resurrect.
Extant = Ex-stare (Latin) = To stand out from amongst those lying down, to remain being.
Obstacle = What keeps your from standing, from moving forward.
Obstinate = What keeps you from standing (mentally), from moving forward with thinking.
Understand = To stand under something, to grasp it, know how it words.
Understate = to have an imaginary idea of the proper standing of something but undercut its value by making stand lessened, making it so it its definition cannot be moved.
State = imaginary standing and immovable line
Estate = ex-status = physical standing (that used to be an imaginary one) and immovable line that indicates property
Cost = How the imaginary value of something stands with (co-st) its real value.
Against = to stand opposing something previously contrasted.
Contrast = to stand opposite something in juxtaposition.
I could go on and on; but the matter is simple:
To win you must move. To move you must find those of like mind who can move with you. Only in interdependence will you find success.
What is that mean? That you must pick a side. Pick a side and then use your movement to make something of it. Use that momentum to your advantage and, in the end result of all things, help those of us who are dependent on the enlightenment of others to succeed. We cannot move forward if we just settle arguments.
That is a terrible idea. I like the fence. It is comfortable here and no one bothers me.