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:

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