Saturday, 5 January 2013

The joy of humanity

I really would not know what to speak about if I had to speak about the joy of humanity, however the following comes to mind:

  1. Their sense of compassion~ I recently read a series of books by Rick Riordan which covered  the possible immortality of persons who were quite famous through the years and how they interacted in a series of adventures. Coming towards the end of the series, one of the characters shows a sense of compassion towards someone he should have hated and that choice of compassion, was the start to changing him and allowing him to face some difficult experiences. 
  2. In researching the origins of the swastika out of mere curiousity based on the concept that Indians refer to curry as tika or I could be wrong in my interpretation of what is on the labels of the mixes which I purchase, the ones where you dip the pouch in boiling water and you get a meal :)., I was pleasantly surprised by the origins and I wonder if the Germans got some form of translation wrong as based on the article "The word "swastika" comes from the Sanskrit svastika - "su" meaning "good," "asti" meaning "to be," and "ka" as a suffix. The swastika literally means "to be good". Or another translation can be made: "swa" is "higher self", "asti" meaning "being", and "ka" as a suffix, so the translation can be interpreted as "being with higher self".   Also the cross has been used throughout the ages in different places and cultures.
  3. Talking about lost in translation, in our country depending on the wit of the person, we can say the same thing and mean completely different things. 
  4. Looking back at the page in wiki, which I will have to read several times to see the differences and understand the symbols or to try to put the information in some form of context, I am happy to see the information displayed as it allows for thought processes on  the history of a symbol which could have not been explored because of the connotations of it. I guess the moral of a story, is that sometimes, because you are caught up in this set of knowledge and this experince and history, it may take an Act of God to move you to a point of understanding or seeing another side of things. This is not about forgetting, by any means, but I will leave what it can be to the imagination

Copyright Jennifer Bailey

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