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”).
- (Aristotelian philosophy) The complete realization and final form of some potential concept or function; the conditions under which a potential thing becomes actualized.
- 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.
- 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: