Only the educated are free

We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free. – Epictetus, Roman philosopher and former slave, Discourse

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Word of the Day

obsequious
adjective
1: attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
synonym: bootlicking, fawning, sycophantic, toadyish
2: attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner

Etymology

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Word of the Day

Weregild
noun
1: The price of a man’s head; a compensation paid of a man killed, partly to the king for the loss of a subject, partly to the lord of a vassal, and partly to the next of kin. It was paid by the murderer.
Also written weregeld, weregelt.

Wer is apparently a man, gild is the price paid.

Wer also explains the part of werewolf, or man + wolf.

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Bertand Russell Quote

Insight, untested and unsupported, is an insufficient guarantee of truth. – Bertrand Russell, Mysticism and Logic (1929)

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Word of the day

philhellenism
noun
1: admiration for Greece and the Greeks and Greek customs

Etyomology

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Euripides Quote

The mind of man – how far will it advance?  Where will its daring impudence find limits?  If human villainy and human life shall wax in due proportion, if the son shall always grow in wickedness past his father, the gods must add another world to this that all the sinners may have space enough. – Euripides, Hyppolytus (428 B.C.)

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Charles Darwin Quote

[I]gnorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. – Charles Darwin, Introduction, The Descent of Man (1871)

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Word of the Day: tatterdemalion

adjective
1: worn to shreds; or wearing torn or ragged clothing
synonym: tattered
2: in deplorable condition
synonym: bedraggled, broken-down, derelict, dilapidated, ramshackle, tumble-down
noun
 1: a dirty shabbily clothed urchin
synonym: ragamuffin
Etymology

I’m not certain, but I think Shakespeare may have invented this word.

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Word of the Day: aureole

noun
1: the outermost region of the sun’s atmosphere; visible as a white halo during a solar eclipse
synonym: corona
2: an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint 
synonym: aura, halo, nimbus, glory, gloriole
Etymology

Now you know what that glow around the heads of saints in stainglass windows is called.

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Purpose

I’ve been thinking a lot about purpose over the last several years.  (Forgive my ramblings, I’ve not much sleep this morning.)  I don’t believe any of us are “put” here for a reason.  While some may see this as a dreary view and render life as meaningless, I disagree.  I like (a) not having the pressure of fulfilling someone else’s purpose, (b) the fun of discovering life without a preconceived notion, (c) the ability to take a blank slate and create my own picture, and (d) the ability to choose what I want to do.  It’s not life without meaning, but the joyful, frustrating, painful search of discovery to define for myself meaning.

I often here people speak of events, then say it happened for a reason.  There is nothing wrong in learning something from a random event.  Sometimes when we are stuck, the smallest thing can happen and in some way “dislodge” our thoughts so they can flow freely again.  But understand, what happened didn’t happen for that reason.  When leaders lied to me in the Army, why were they lying?  To benefit themselves.  At no time did I assign higher meaning to these events.  It’s not to say I didn’t learn from them, I did.  What I learned was, if it’s important, they’re lying.  A rather caustic view, but one that will save me in the future.  Does that mean I disbelieve everything told to me, nope.  But when it’s important, like beliefs or when money is involved or something could impact me negatively, I proceed with caution.

Still think events happen to teach only you something?  Think of it this way, 9/11 didn’t happen so someone, or even thousands, could learn a lesson, it happened because of vehement hatred.  We all came away with new and profound thoughts and experiences that will influence us for the rest of our lives.  We all didn’t learn the same lesson.

Life is not without purpose, we give it purpose.

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