Comment: this is an interesting post, Michael

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this is an interesting post, Michael

Etymological analysis often leads to deep insights. And it's fun.

Another interesting game to play is gematria. You use some kind of system, it doesn't really matter which, to convert a word or a phrase to a numerical value. Then you find other words or phrases that have the same numerical value and try to find relationships between the two. Jewish mystics use this with the Hebrew alphabet to find all kinds of supposed deep mystical insights, such as secret names of God and what not. If you have ever seen the movie Pi, Darren Aronofsky's debut feature, this is used as a key plot element. Of course, there are no deep mystical meanings in any of this, it's just to form new connections in your brain for a deeper understanding.

Anyways, I will try to come back and comment specifically on the connections you have made in this post. Peace.

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus