(Cuts like a knife)
(Etymological explanation of the merely existential
Origins of Guilt & Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Attention
Deficiency, Early Onset Restless Legs Syndrome,
Binging & Purging, & Cutting, The Constant Washing
of Hands and The Ongoing Neediness to Get R Done....)
Indo European: skai = to strike and cut: generates
“Caesar,” “chisel,” “scissors,” “circumcise,” “ precise,”
skei = to cut and split: generates Latin: sciere: to
know by separating one thing from another . “science,”
“conscience,” “conscious.”—also “nice” from ne-sciere :
skeri = to cut, separate, sift: Latin scribere: to scratch:
" scribble,” scribe,” “scripture,” also “discriminate” (sifting,
separating, deciding ) and “certain,” “concern,” “decree,”
“discrete” as well as “excrete,” “excrement” and “shit” (from
Old English: scitan , Germanic skitan, Old Norse skita.)
“Criticism” and “discernment”: to cut off and separate the
preferred from the deferred ; “secret” grows from the Latin
crimen and shares the same skeri notion of cutting,
separating, sifting. The Greek kremein (to separate, decide,
judge--gives us “crisis,” “critic,” “criterion,” “diacritical” and
“hypocritical.” From the same root, the Russians derived krai:
edge, brink .
Deciding, criticizing: first cut and then choose, discard and
mostly ignore the remains. Bloody business, and violence
& crime to whole & holy.
Every discriminating action rejects what won’t fit: all the left-outs
and -overs, castaways and rejects, exiled and abandoned: psychic
waste & toxic if not recycled.
“ARTICULATE.” A butcher’s term: to cut the beast cleanly at
the joints with minimum blood and gristle; "arthritus" shares
the same joint root—as does, of course: "ART" -- ertia & inertia at
the junctures, the crossroads.
THINKING is a violence to any Whole.
Guilty. I feel it. No wonder. Obligated. In debt. Ripping-off pieces
of this and that. My punish-mental studies & readership programs.
What a pain! What moving violations! The damage done.