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Psyche

In Uncategorized on 26 April, 2012 at 01:10

from the Online Etymology Dictionary

1640s, “animating spirit,” from L. psyche, from Gk. psykhe “the soul, mind, spirit, breath, life, the invisible animating principle or entity which occupies and directs the physical body” (personified as Psykhe, the lover of Eros), akin to psykhein “to blow, cool,” from PIE root *bhes- “to blow” (cf. Skt. bhas-). The word had extensive sense development in Platonic philosophy and Jewish-influenced theological writing of St. Paul. In English, psychological sense is from 1910.

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Liberating thought

In Uncategorized on 16 June, 2011 at 23:44

Man: My life is a burden.

Reply: You are burden to life.

The thought here is not a condemnation but a neutral gaze at what we consider weighing us down. It is fluff. Or an incomplete point of view. We are being taught marvellous things along our way.

So the Octopus has said.

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