One of the most beautiful aspects of the Greek language are two words. ￼
“Road” and “song.”
They are almost identical words.
It’s not unique. The Australian Aborigines mapped the whole world with songs. Those maps are called Songlines.
What is very important about the similarities of those two words is born of the connection between psychology, philosophy and the science of language.
Remember these were the same people who penetrated the atom. They didn’t have any way to see the atom like we do. Yet, they saw into it. And it may be argued that such “seeing” is no longer applicable today. That, however is utter nonsense. Einstein and Tesla all did their work in a similar manner.
The beauty of it lies in the sense that every movement of the journey of a seer, of a mind rooted in the examination of the way nature thrives, is a song, and an exploration.
The Indians have a lovely word:
It has this sense that life is a dance of creative play, even the pain being inbuilt to nurture, ultimately, more refinement.
Francis Crick, one of the key people involved in decoding DNA, wrote a book after his breakthrough and he said he felt DNA was too complex to have just evolved. Someone must have designed it. He thought it may be an alien experiment.
I find that to be an error. When a star is born the planets in its solar system come as part of the package of formation. And when one looks into the way zero becomes hydrogen and how hydrogen becomes heavy hydrogen and then helium and then all the other elements expanding out, then there is a clear current of entangled complexity and one can fathom how the incredible growth of that spark could lead to DNA.
What the Greeks tapped into though; especially Parmenides, was:
‘a mind rooted in the examination of the way nature thrives.”
We have the
going on now and that came from the running track at Olympia. The sense of the pursuit of happiness through the spirit of excellence as a vehicle to elevation of the race. It was there in all disciplines for the early Classical period Greeks, and it was understood that there were aspirational aspects of man and nature, that were not static but ever expanding.
To station oneself to witness, and to be an extension of that inspired expansion, that is a road that emanates out of the aligned man or woman or child. Any athlete that breaks a limit is in that league. A Picasso or an Einstein too. Some kind of flourishing is there.
It is the seed of a certain atmosphere. Such a spirited journey, which by its nature, embraces the unknown and the so called ‘impossible,’ it is the heartbeat of the song of evolution.
The Greeks had a word for evolution. It was “entropy.” It means (ie the original meaning – not what it has come to mean today):
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