wisdom (n)

From Old English, originally: wise + doom.
To be wise about one’s doom is to have wisdom.

Wise –>

witen (Old English) “to know”
witan (Gothic) “to know”
videre (Latin) “to see”
vidati (Sanskrit) “to know”

To know one’s doom.

Doom –>

dom (Old English) “judgment, law”
doms (Gothic)
dhaman (Sanskrit)
themis (Greek) –> related “to think, to form an opinion, to believe.”

To know one’s end, or one’s judgment is to have wisdom. Taken from an eschatological perspective, wisdom is knowing that Christ’s judgment is coming, memento mori, ephermality of the physical world, etc. Taken from a modern environmental perspective, wisdom is something like foresight, understanding global warming, knowing our collective fate and thus being prepared for it, whether body or soul.

Prophets have wisdom.

Inspector Finch has it, briefly.

Future Monuments are about projecting wise-doom.


entelechy (n)

From Late Latin entelechia, from Ancient Greek ἐντελέχεια ‎(entelékheia), coined by Aristotle from ἐντελής ‎(entelḗs, “complete, finished, perfect”) (from τέλος ‎(télos, “end, fruition, accomplishment”)) + ἔχω ‎(ékhō, “to have”).

  1. (Aristotelian philosophy) The complete realization and final form of some potential concept or function; the conditions under which a potential thing becomes actualized.
  2. A particular type of motivation, need for self-determination, and inner strength directing life and growth to become all one is capable of being. It is the need to actualize one’s beliefs. It is having a personal vision and being able to actualize that vision from within.
  3. Something complex that emerges when a large number of simple objects are put together. […gestalt theory?]

Related: FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).  Or Shurik’s great toast: “Let us toast to our expectations meeting out outcomes.”  So rarely they do.  The secret of course is to have low expectations. Like Dewey:


Future Shock (n)

The temporal version of “culture shock.”

From Csicsery-Ronay’s Seven Beauties of Science Fiction, Future Shock is “the difficulty of adapting to technoscientific innovations for which populations are not prepared, and which have made their deepest ethical and philosophical commitments seem obsolete.” Cf. colonial temporality: “third world,” etc.

According to C-R, “the postmodern era has become habituated to catastrophe, fascinated with the flood of historical innovations that seems to transform irreversible and beyond recognition the very historical forces that made them possible.”