A word "basically" appears to reflect a sound or a symbol associated with a particular event in history. A child is given a name, and that name reflects an event. Throughout the history of your life people have probably called you names. Why? In order to reflect what you meant to them at one particular time or another? Perhaps a name had become the chosen label for an "other" persons objective experience!
An other person who called you names may have included yourself. Have you ever called yourself names? Why? In order to reflect on something about yourself? In order to recall what you meant to yourself at one particular time or another? Perhaps words reflect objective experiences and, in other words, associate sensations with symbols.
The common words in use today simply appear to reflect, like personal mirrors, what human nature personally and collectively associates with them. For ancient words, the usual tendency is to draw from historical interpretations and give meaning to words according to popular belief. In this way, human nature resembles the pen, the pencil, or the paint brush that paints a personal mosaic of the human collective conscience.
Among layers of personally progressive sentiment, our common words behave like dominant genes. For example, Native beliefs were once largely tolerated within the Roman Republic preceding the Christian and Catholic era's. Native beliefs were also once largely tolerated in other places as well. For example: in Europe, Africa, Russia, Asia, India, China, Australia, America [North and South], etc. Basically, all over the world Native cultures managed to keep "photo albums" of their ancestors and "records" of their past. Over time, however, such Native cultures literally mutated from the flood of feudal fervor that spawned the Dark Ages, the Inquisition, Capitalism and Communism, etc. In their place, "Church" and "State" have crawled like the most versatile weeds and rooted their states of consciousness like perpetually prolific vines into nearly every facet of the civilized world. Living among that frolicing foliage we find the traces of ancient culture. - E.M.
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