Tuesday, August 21, 2012



Antisthenes, the great Greek cynic philosopher teaches us that the knowledge comes by searching the root of each word. A rule that is very effective at the Greek language.Why? Because the Greek language is a completely notional language, where the majority of the other European languages’ vocabulary (in a sense, the European languages are the ‘children’ of the Greek language) hasn’t any notional meaning.

Why being notional is important?

The Greek words are written and pronounced with a specific way because there is a reason. The notional reason as I call it. This reason explains why the foreign languages adopted thousands of Greek words, because they couldn’t express ideas notionally with their own words. Greek words describe their meaning if you analyze them.

Let’s see a random example. The word ‘chronometer’. This word comes from the ancient Greek χρόνος (meaning time) and the verb μετρώ (meaning to count, to measure). Imagine two people who are isolated in a room since they were born. One knows Greek and the other knows any language without the loan words from the Greek language. If you say to the first person the word χρονόμετρο he will understand by just hearing the word it’s an object that counts or measures the time. He may have never seen one before, he may not know how this can happen, but he knows what the object does. If you say the word chronometer to the other person, he won’t understand what you are talking about. It will be just some random letters together making a word for him. Instead, if you were saying to him the phrase 'time counter' or something like that, he would understand what you mean. But that’s the magic of a notional language, each word of it contains its meaning and its use, no matter if its an object or an idea, one word of the Greek language can express the meaning of full phrases of other languages.

With that in mind, let’s see the etymology of the word history so you can understand what history really means.

History has two parent words. The verbs οίδα and είδα. Where both can mean ‘to know’ the second as noun (είδος) means the appearance, how someone looks like.
By having any knowledge (or its synonym history) apart from spiritual superiority you also become.. more beautiful ! You become that’s what ancient Greeks were calling καλός καγαθός. Beautiful and Clever.  A person of Arete.

Arete is what makes you clever, not the degrees as the system promotes.
Arete is what makes you beautiful, not the plastic surgery as the system promotes.

Be a Histor!

Histor is a person who gains knowledge in any field by asking questions and self researching, an autodidact.

Next time you want to learn something, about anything, in any field, ask about it. Do your research. Learn. And share. Be a Histor.
No shame in not knowing, huge shame in not asking.
The world needs Histores.
Your soul, your spirit, your body needs History.

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