Pro-gress by De-sign?
Hope everyone is well. And developing their awareness.
In this time where both extremes of gross and subtle are at the pinnacle of their expression across all dimensions of our existence, we need our senses finely tuned. Else, we will live in a narrow-band world of make-believe. Miss out the extremes and you’ve probably missed the heart of the matter entirely. Seriously.
There is no excuse for not being aware and more aware every second. We are only as balanced as our senses. Remember, engine of cause versus instrument at effect. You definitely want to be the former in these times.
A quick digression and then I’ll get to the headliner…
Awareness…what is it? A very important question. To ask that is. It is good to remember that the more the outside in-trudes, the less we are our fully ex-pressed selves. We need space in every dimension. And in this deliciously twisted world we live in, the way in is the way out. Really, no other way. The deeper you pro-gress (ah, there’s the word), the farther you will reach outward. to grab the world at large is clumsy and in-efficient in the extreme.
And the way in through the tips of your fingers. It’s really that simple. You can only begin the journey of inner awareness inwards through your farthest point of physical reach, your fingertips.
Hold them together and ponder that. Find the first exercise and try it (here on the blog).
So, pro-gress and de-sign.
The work I mentioned in my previous post is coming along apace. And in my journey, I got to ponder the word pro-gress as I saw it’s pernicious and deleterious impact on human and all sentient life really, in it’s relentless march through India. And we are all begging for it. Pro-gress. And you know what it means?
progression mid-15c., “action of moving forward,” from O.Fr. progression (early 15c.), from L. progressionem (nom. progressio) “a going forward,” from progressus, pp. of progredi “go forward,” from pro- “forward” (see pro-) + gradi “to step, walk,” from gradus “step”
Forward walk. Basically. In the direction of the dominant paradigm. There is nothing positive about Pro-gress. It is just a step in the forward direction. Stepping over a cliff would be called pro-gress.
And we’ve been conditioned to think it means for the betterment of through such and such. such a lie this language is or at least how it has been twisted. seeing “progress”, I wish we would in-gress and then e-gress this Pro-gress train. Progress is a lie. Ponder that deeply. It’s important. Words are that important. Give me Di-gress from pro-gress, thank you very much.
So now, I’m seeking an authentic, etymologically correct word for advancement through betterment/refinement.
And Design. Most here have probably seen my de-sign website (http://squareandc.net) . Design sticks in my throat just like pro-gress. So I dove into de-sign, whose opposite would be en-sign.
design (v.) 1540s, from L. designare “mark out, devise, choose, designate, appoint,” from de- “out” (see de-) + signare “to mark,” from signum “a mark, sign” (see sign (n.)). Originally in English with the meaning now attached to designate; many modern uses of design are metaphoric extensions. As a noun, from 1580s, from M.Fr. desseign.designing “scheming,” 1670s, from prp. of design (q.v.).
Emphasis mine. It has nothing what-so-ever to do with how a product is conceptualized and brought to tangible form. Nothing. As we understand it, design is one of those metaphoric extensions of Designate.
And so, I am looking for help in re-languaging these two words.
Progress through design got us where are. And it is not a pretty place. How do we “take it back”? I suggest re-languaging is a subtle and powerful tool we can all wield freely and master-fully.
So, advancement through betterment/refine-ment. And en-sign?
It’s important to the work I’m putting out shortly.
Thanks for your attention. And awareness.